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Date:   Tue, 8 Dec 2020 18:23:57 -0800
From:   Brian Norris <>
To:     Edward Cree <>
Cc:     Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Kalle Valo <>,
        "<>" <>,
        linux-wireless <>
Subject: Re: pull-request: wireless-drivers-next-2020-12-03

On Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 7:01 AM Edward Cree <> wrote:
> My understanding is that it's because users can have them in their
>  modprobe.conf, which causes breakage if an update removes the param.
>  I think the module insert fails if there are unrecognised parameters
>  there.

That's a nice understanding, but I believe it's an incorrect one:

# echo 'options rtw88_pci doesnotexist=helloworld' >> /etc/modprobe.d/rtw.conf
# modprobe rtw88_pci; echo $?

In fact, while I was already quite aware about the removal Jakub is
highlighting (in the rtw88 driver), I was a user of the parameter, and
was quite happy to see it die (because now the driver does the Right
Thing automatically). I still left the option in my modprobe.conf,
while I finished staging upgrades of all my systems. I ran into no
problems, and now that the migration is done, I killed the
modprobe.conf entry.


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