update to ticket 1951, I think I found a compatibility issue (2.7.0)

Jean Delvare khali at linux-fr.org
Sun Apr 17 11:07:47 CEST 2005

Hi David,

> I'm pretty new at Linux so I could be wrong but i think I found a
> minor  bug.  First let me say because of the deployed software we have
> in  place, I have to make your package work with a redhat 7.1
> distribution  (kernel 2.4.7-10)
> I have been unable to get lm sensors to build on my clean redhat 7.1 
> box (kernel 2.4.7-10).  The specific error I get is:
> gcc  -DMODVERSIONS -include 
> /lib/modules/2.4.7-10/build/include/linux/modversions.h -D__KERNEL__ 
> -DMODULE -DEXPORT_SYMTAB -fomit-frame-pointer -I. -Ikernel/include 
> -I/usr/local/include -I/lib/modules/2.4.7-10/build/include   -O2   -c 
> kernel/busses/i2c-amd8111.c -o kernel/busses/i2c-amd8111.o
> kernel/busses/i2c-amd8111.c: In function `amd8111_access':
> kernel/busses/i2c-amd8111.c:272: parse error before `u8'
> kernel/busses/i2c-amd8111.c:281: parse error before `u8'
> kernel/busses/i2c-amd8111.c:300: parse error before `u8'
> kernel/busses/i2c-amd8111.c:360: parse error before `u8'
> kernel/busses/i2c-amd8111.c: At top level:
> kernel/busses/i2c-amd8111.c:500: initializer element is not constant
> kernel/busses/i2c-amd8111.c:500: (near initialization for 
> `amd8111_driver.remove')
> kernel/busses/i2c-amd8111.c:501: initializer element is not constant
> kernel/busses/i2c-amd8111.c:501: (near initialization for 
> `amd8111_driver')
> make: *** [kernel/busses/i2c-amd8111.o] Error 1
> When I view the code for i2c-amd8111.c line 272 I noticed the min_t 
> function.  According to my googling, min_t was not defined until
> kernel  2.4.10.  see:
> http://www.linuxathome.net/archive/arc8-2001.html and
> http://lists.osdl.org/pipermail/kernel-janitors/2004-April/000887.html
> I grep'd the lm_sensors-2.7.0 code and that was the only source file 
> that used min_t.  So I edited the Module.mk in kernel/busses and 
> commented out the target instructions related to i2c-amd8111.c.  I 
> tried "make all" again as root and it completed the build process.
> So it appears to me that at least that module is not compatible with 
> any kernel pre 2.4.10.
> I consider my issue solved if you want to close the ticket.  You
> might want to put a disclaimer somewhere about this.

I updated the ticket with your own comment, and closed it. It's always
great when users support themselves ;) Thanks a lot for letting us know.

It's absolutely possible that lm_sensors 2.7.0 was advertised to work on
kernels where it didn't actually. That being said, Linux 2.4.7 is a bit
old, and so is lm_sensors 2.7.0, so that's just the way it is and we're
not going to fix anything there and release a modified version. I guess
you can understand that. We already have a hard time keeping up with the
more recent kernels...

Hopefully, if someone hits the same problem, he/she will find your
ticket or this mailing-list thread with the solution.

> By the way, thank you for such a wonderful project.  Even though I
> have  struggled with this for several days, it beats the heck out of
> coding  my own hardware monitoring package from scratch.

Thanks :')

Jean Delvare

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