Subject: Re: smartmedia adaptors
To: Lennart Augustsson <email@example.com>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 01/25/2000 17:25:54
Lennart Augustsson <email@example.com> writes:
> What I'd like to know is what the h**l wdcprobe is up to? It's using delay()
> for up to 49s?!? Any calls to delay() with an argument bigger than, say, 100
> should be banned. (Unless you KNOW this is cold boot.)
until relatively recently, it was safe for the probe code to assume
that it was a cold boot. further, until even more recently, there
wasn't any sane _alternative_ (threads).
really, during configuration, you want delays like these to happen in
parallel with other configuration. For things like wdc at ISA (and for
the backward-compat pciide addresses) you have to do it synchronously,
but once you know that the controller's there you could do the
slow-to-configure devices with short-lived threads, and then wait for
everything to be finished before you configure root...
Chris Demetriou - firstname.lastname@example.org - http://www.netbsd.org/People/Pages/cgd.html
Disclaimer: Not speaking for NetBSD, just expressing my own opinion.