Subject: Re: port-i386/1936
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Mike Long <email@example.com>
Date: 01/16/1996 10:31:47
>From: Jason Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Date: Mon, 15 Jan 1996 22:41:50 -0800
>>Synopsis: autoconfig "*" wildcards aren't supported for ISA devices
>Seems to me that we shouldn't even get to the compile stage. If I
>understand it right, config(8) won't let you "*" a device if it's
>qualified with "needs-count" in files*, contrasted with "needs-flag" or
>nothing which does.
All ISA devices (and most, if not all, other devices) use needs-flag.
pseudo-devices use needs-count.
>Though, it may be annoying to have all those .h files created by
The .h files are used to create [bc]devsw in
>Firstly, though, lemme make sure I have this right...Say I have device
>foo, configured like this:
>foo0 at foobus? addr ?
>foo1 at foobus? addr ?
>With neither qualifier, no .h files are created. With needs-flag, we get
>a foo.h containing:
>#define NFOO 1
>With needs-count, we get:
>#define NFOO 2
>Note that to actually count the instances, a "*" must be disallowed.
Yes, that's all correct.
>So, if we don't particularly care about having foo.h, why not create a
>"no-star" (I'll be damned if I can remember exactly what Torek called the
>action of "starring" a device in his autoconfiguration paper...). That
>way we can avoid these configuration mistakes (and cryptic panic
>messages) before we even get the kernel compiled.
He called it cloning, I believe. If a 'no-clone' option is defined,
then it should be applied to the ISA bus instead of the individual
devices. The inability to use cloned devices is a limitation of the
ISA bus, not of ISA devices. There is no way to find *all* of the
devices on an ISA bus, as there is with a 'real' bus like PCI. :-)
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