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From: Rasmus Villemoes <linux@rasmusvillemoes.dk>
To: Luis Chamberlain <mcgrof@kernel.org>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Cc: Jessica Yu <jeyu@kernel.org>, Borislav Petkov <bp@alien8.de>,
	Jonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net>,
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	Nick Desaulniers <ndesaulniers@google.com>,
	Rasmus Villemoes <linux@rasmusvillemoes.dk>
Subject: [PATCH v3 2/2] modules: add CONFIG_MODPROBE_PATH
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2021 22:25:28 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20210313212528.2956377-3-linux@rasmusvillemoes.dk> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20210313212528.2956377-1-linux@rasmusvillemoes.dk>

Allow the developer to specifiy the initial value of the
modprobe_path[] string. This can be used to set it to the empty string
initially, thus effectively disabling request_module() during early
boot until userspace writes a new value via the
/proc/sys/kernel/modprobe interface. [1]

When building a custom kernel (often for an embedded target), it's
normal to build everything into the kernel that is needed for booting,
and indeed the initramfs often contains no modules at all, so every
such request_module() done before userspace init has mounted the real
rootfs is a waste of time.

This is particularly useful when combined with the previous patch,
which made the initramfs unpacking asynchronous - for that to work, it
had to make any usermodehelper call wait for the unpacking to finish
before attempting to invoke the userspace helper. By eliminating all
such (known-to-be-futile) calls of usermodehelper, the initramfs
unpacking and the {device,late}_initcalls can proceed in parallel for
much longer.

For a relatively slow ppc board I'm working on, the two patches
combined lead to 0.2s faster boot - but more importantly, the fact
that the initramfs unpacking proceeds completely in the background
while devices get probed means I get to handle the gpio watchdog in
time without getting reset.

[1] __request_module() already has an early -ENOENT return when
modprobe_path is the empty string.

Reviewed-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
Acked-by: Jessica Yu <jeyu@kernel.org>
Signed-off-by: Rasmus Villemoes <linux@rasmusvillemoes.dk>
---
 init/Kconfig  | 12 ++++++++++++
 kernel/kmod.c |  2 +-
 2 files changed, 13 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/init/Kconfig b/init/Kconfig
index 22946fe5ded9..18b4ec7346d4 100644
--- a/init/Kconfig
+++ b/init/Kconfig
@@ -2264,6 +2264,18 @@ config MODULE_ALLOW_MISSING_NAMESPACE_IMPORTS
 
 	  If unsure, say N.
 
+config MODPROBE_PATH
+	string "Path to modprobe binary"
+	default "/sbin/modprobe"
+	help
+	  When kernel code requests a module, it does so by calling
+	  the "modprobe" userspace utility. This option allows you to
+	  set the path where that binary is found. This can be changed
+	  at runtime via the sysctl file
+	  /proc/sys/kernel/modprobe. Setting this to the empty string
+	  removes the kernel's ability to request modules (but
+	  userspace can still load modules explicitly).
+
 config TRIM_UNUSED_KSYMS
 	bool "Trim unused exported kernel symbols" if EXPERT
 	depends on !COMPILE_TEST
diff --git a/kernel/kmod.c b/kernel/kmod.c
index 3cd075ce2a1e..b717134ebe17 100644
--- a/kernel/kmod.c
+++ b/kernel/kmod.c
@@ -58,7 +58,7 @@ static DECLARE_WAIT_QUEUE_HEAD(kmod_wq);
 /*
 	modprobe_path is set via /proc/sys.
 */
-char modprobe_path[KMOD_PATH_LEN] = "/sbin/modprobe";
+char modprobe_path[KMOD_PATH_LEN] = CONFIG_MODPROBE_PATH;
 
 static void free_modprobe_argv(struct subprocess_info *info)
 {
-- 
2.29.2


  parent reply	other threads:[~2021-03-13 21:32 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 21+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-03-13 21:25 [PATCH v3 0/2] background initramfs unpacking, and CONFIG_MODPROBE_PATH Rasmus Villemoes
2021-03-13 21:25 ` [PATCH v3 1/2] init/initramfs.c: do unpacking asynchronously Rasmus Villemoes
2021-03-15 20:21   ` Luis Chamberlain
2021-03-15 21:33   ` Andrew Morton
2021-03-15 21:59     ` Rasmus Villemoes
2021-07-24  7:46   ` Alexander Egorenkov
2021-07-26 11:46     ` Rasmus Villemoes
2021-07-27  7:31       ` Bruno Goncalves
2021-07-27 13:54         ` Luis Chamberlain
2021-07-27 14:12           ` Bruno Goncalves
2021-07-27 14:21             ` Luis Chamberlain
2021-07-27 14:27               ` Bruno Goncalves
2021-07-27 14:42                 ` Luis Chamberlain
2021-07-27 14:48                   ` Bruno Goncalves
2021-07-28 10:44                   ` Alexander Egorenkov
2021-07-28 10:38           ` Alexander Egorenkov
2021-07-28 10:36       ` Alexander Egorenkov
2021-07-28 11:49         ` Rasmus Villemoes
2021-03-13 21:25 ` Rasmus Villemoes [this message]
2021-03-15 20:06   ` [PATCH v3 2/2] modules: add CONFIG_MODPROBE_PATH Luis Chamberlain
2021-03-15 20:23 ` [PATCH v3 0/2] background initramfs unpacking, and CONFIG_MODPROBE_PATH Luis Chamberlain

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