Subject: Re: New IDE system: first pass
To: Chris G. Demetriou <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: port-i386
Date: 05/20/1998 18:05:00
On May 20, Chris G. Demetriou wrote
> This is backwards, in my opinion.
> There's a standard interface.  Devices which claim to support the
> standard interface should be supported by the driver.

It's PC world, don't forget :)

> There may be a few special cases where devices claim to support the
> standard interface and don't.  That's a device bug, and should be
> handled specially, not by penalizing all of the controllers that do
> the right thing but that we don't happen to have specific information
> on.
> [...]
> "Punish" and treat as broken the special, broken, cases, not
> non-broken devices.

Ok. We could add a flag for this for the few (?) special cases for this
(In fact it's already what I did for the CMD PCI0640).
But we need the vendor/products table to be able to enable some special
features of some devices.

Manuel Bouyer, LIP6, Universite Paris VI.