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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/34] System Firmware Interface


    On 07/19/2011 09:21 AM, Andi Kleen wrote:
    > On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 10:05:44AM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
    >
    >>> Could you expand somewhat WHY you want this. What is wrong with the
    >>> current code?
    >>>
    >> See the previous discussions
    >>
    > Ok I will put that now as description into all my code submissions @)
    >
    > Seriously, that REALLY belongs into a patch description.
    >

    I can certainly do that on the next version. Sorry about that Andi.

    >
    >>
    >>> As for user space access on x86 "dmidecode"/libdmi works for nearly everyone,
    >>> doesn't it?
    >>>
    >> "on x86" (and on PC only generally)
    >>
    >> There are three core problems
    >>
    >> 1. DMI in this sense is basically an x86 PC class device hack
    >> 2. It is obsoleted and at some point it'll vanish even on PC
    >>
    > Huh? What obsoleted it?
    >
    >

    The DMI specification has not been updated since January of 2003. It
    has been replaced by SMBIOS.

    >> 3. Every other platform without DMI would benefit from the
    >> interface being generic
    >>
    > Can you expand on that? The information will be always system
    > specific anyways. Do you really think there's that much commonality?
    >
    >

    There seems to be some commonalities. We have other arches checking for
    model and vendor info.

    P.



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