Subject: Re: Dumping autoconf info from DDB
To: None <M.Drochner@fz-juelich.de>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <email@example.com>
Date: 02/03/2000 13:53:19
Matthias Drochner <M.Drochner@fz-juelich.de> writes:
> Besides this - I have the feeling that using "real" pointers
> instead of indices into the locator array within the cfdata
> would be a good thing - especially for loadable drivers.
> Didn't look at the issue for a while however, so I can't back
> it with hard arguments...
Right, so, once you start gutting stuff here:
* almost easy: change the locator type to intptr_t (do we have that
yet?) or whatever it is, and provide the ability to use string-valued
* not so easy: figure out what the right thing to do for locator
tables really is. possibilities:
* completely independent arrays per device?
* pointers into single large array?
* (table, index) pairs?
* worse: figure out what the right thing to do for parent vector
tables really is. You want to be able to glue a loaded device into an
existing device tree, when loading, which means teaching the kernel
how to resolve parent vector references.
(I think your long-ago PR on the subject is probably one step in the
right direction, but it doesn't go nearly far enough if i recall it
correctly, and it was never clear to me that doing it only partially
was the right thing.)
Chris Demetriou - firstname.lastname@example.org - http://www.netbsd.org/People/Pages/cgd.html
Disclaimer: Not speaking for NetBSD, just expressing my own opinion.