Pre-release tests

Mark D. Studebaker mds at
Tue Jul 8 03:23:41 CEST 2003

First of all, sensors-detect tests OK for me now. Good job.

On #1-5 below, I don't feel strongly either way about any of these
issues, feel free to do what you propose if you want.

I note that we do have some Big Fat Warnings in the CVS part of
the download page, we can copy those up after the release
and enhance if necessary.

Jean Delvare wrote:
> I've finished testing I2C and LM Sensors CVS on three out of my four
> systems (last is left for tomorrow) and here is my report:
> 1* We'll have trouble with i2c bus drivers from outside our package.
> Those who won't load at all aren't the main problem IMHO (we'll just get
> dozens of complaints stating that since the user installed I2C 2.8.0,
> his/her video card doesn't work anymore). The real problem is those who
> still load but crash upon scanning. I have old Matrox video cards in two
> of my machines, and sensors-detect says I should load i2c-matroxfb. The
> module loads properly, but sensors-detect crashes as soon as it tries to
> scan this device. What's more, any subsequent load of a chip driver will
> crash too (because this will scan all I2C busses, including
> i2c-matroxfb).
> So, what can we do? The very least we can do is add a BIG WARNING on our
> news page at the time we release, stating that any other I2C-related
> module (most of which are video-related) should not be loaded anymore
> after I2C 2.8.0 is installed. The message would explain that we plan to
> submit a patch to the Linux kernel so that all devices are back with the
> next Linux version. A second thing I'd suggest is commenting out in
> sensors-detect all such devices. I now it sounds crazy because we'll
> have to reenable them right after the release, but I think that if we
> don't do that, we'll have hundreds of people complaining about system
> crashes. Remember that FB modules, such as i2c-matroxfb, cannot be
> unloaded. So, loading the module from sensors-detect while the user
> never used it before, then crashing the system and finally give him/her
> no other choice but to reboot probably won't make the user happy.
> 2* We should warn the user that /etc/sensors.conf never gets
> overwritten. I agree that we shouldn't overwrite it, but the user should
> be told about this, so that he/she can copy and edit the new file if
> he/she wants.
> 3* At the end of sensors-detect, we should tell the user to run the
> commands he/she is told to add to /etc/rc.*. Two reasons for that.
> First, he/she can make sure it works well before editing his/her init
> scripts. Second, he/she can use sensors right away, without having to
> restart the system or run the init scripts by himself/herself. I had
> users complaining that sensors wouldn't work right after sensors-detect
> being ran.
> 4* What's that "sleep 3" sensors-detect suggests adding between modules
> load and sensors -s? I have no sleep between these two steps in my own
> scripts, and I never had any problem. I would replace this block:
>   # Next 2 lines are optional
>   sleep 3
>  /usr/local/bin/sensors -s
> with this one:
>   # sleep 2 # optional
>   /usr/local/bin/sensors -s # recommended
> It should work for most people. Waiting for 3 seconds can represent 5 or
> 10% of the total boot time! Too much for what it's worth IMHO.
> 5* The "you must run ldconfig" message at the end of a lm_sensors2's
> make install still doesn't please me. I'd replace "*" by
> "" (well, the file name as it actually is), or I fear the
> users won't understand why we say there were no libsensors ever in
> /usr/local/lib, while there may be.
> This five points can be left to me, but I want to hear you about them
> before I do anything.

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