Subject: Re: ISA driver name clashes (Was: Fortran And Ethernet)
To: Niklas Hallqvist <>
From: Chris G Demetriou <Chris_G_Demetriou@BALVENIE.PDL.CS.CMU.EDU>
List: amiga-dev
Date: 08/04/1995 11:45:55
>    > I.e. just because the alpha port has an le driver, noone can use the
>    > MI ISA version of the le driver without changing files.isa manually.
>    > This is exactly the problem I'm seeing on the Amiga.  Apparently he
>    > hasn't yet decided what to do... although the solution is clear...
>    > 
> 	   Rename ISA drivers so they don't clobber all the other
> 	   port's drivers.
> It's of course possible, but imagine the inertia to force the largest
> port to rename their drivers just because other ports want to use
> them.  I wonder how many people with amiga's uses if_le.c or if_ed.c,
> compared to them with i386's?  Anyway I can provide patches for both
> if_le.c and if_ed.c if it'll be the amiga-port that changes.  This is
> part of the ISA-kit for Amiga.

... as noted, i'm not sure what to do about this.

In a Perfect World, either (or perhaps both 8-):
	(1) device names would be centrally assigned, and/or
	(2) there were a way to glue _both_ ISA if_le and amiga if_le
	    to the "le" name.

various people have suggested solutions to this, but i don't
particularly like them.

Just about every port has an 'le' driver...  it seems silly and/or
strange to rename _only_ the amiga one, or _only_ the ISA one.