Kernel extensions in MacPorts

Kevin Ballard eridius at
Tue Jan 23 21:58:14 PST 2007

On Jan 24, 2007, at 12:32 AM, Salvatore Domenick Desiano wrote:

> o > Possibly. I'd at least like to add a pre-deactivate hook that  
> can query
> o > kextstat to see if the extension is loaded, and pop up a huge  
> honking
> o > warning telling the user that this could be dangerous, and ask  
> to continue?
> o > <y/n>.
> o
> o I'd rather just add the FUSE kexts now, and worry about auto- 
> loading them (or
> o not) later.
> o Personally I don't want DarwinPorts loading or unloading kexts  
> automatically.
> o There are all kinds of corner cases that are difficult to handle.
> Out of curiousity, what's the danger in uninstalling a loaded kernel
> module?

That's just it - I don't know. I'm paranoid about stuff I don't know  
the answer to, though, which is why I don't want to delete it if it's  
still loaded.

But you may be right. It may not be dangerous after all.

Can you tell me for a fact what the answer to this is?

Kevin Ballard
eridius at

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