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    SubjectRe: Ideas for v2.1
    On Mon, 10 Jun 1996, David Flood wrote:

    > > o Centralized parallel port interface for plip, lp, zip, etc, much like
    > > what 8390.c does now. Reduces code duplication.
    > In addition, having a way of multiple things trying to use the hardware at
    > once or being able to read that the port is in use by some other thing.
    > This would fix some of the need to run modules (Although I love them) to
    > use both lp.c and plip.c

    There's not much shareable code in there. The actual routines to talk to
    the port are trivial, just a couple of outb() calls. The 8390 code can
    do a lot more.

    People are working on a way to coordinate access to ports like that.


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