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    SubjectRe: unkown PCI device
    On Sun, Nov 29, 1998 at 07:08:46PM -0800, david parsons wrote:
    > In article <>,
    > Martin Mares <> wrote:
    > >Hello,
    > >
    > >> Sorry, I've just realized that it shouldn't have sent to the list because
    > >> /proc/pci is absolote in 2.1.x kernels, and other utilites like lspci
    > >> have user space solutions (/etc/pci.ids for example). Sorry again.
    > >>
    > >> Btw : When /proc/pci will be removed from the kernel source ?
    > >
    > > Since several commercial X servers parse /proc/pci to get device addresses,
    > >we probably need to keep this interface in 2.2. If Linus agrees, I'll remove
    > >it at start of the 2.3 line.
    > This would be bad for the people who purchased these commercial X
    > servers, unless the companies providing these servers obligingly
    > provide free upgrades. If, instead, you rip all the vendor
    > and card IDs out of the kernel (or put them into a config option,
    > if the commercial servers require the actual text) and just have
    > the Unknown vendor Unknown device, the commercial servers will
    > be able to pick up the vendor and card ids (which I'd hope they're
    > doing now, but who knows) until the last ia32 architecture machine
    > rolls off to the junkyard.

    Another way to do it is to have a /proc/pci device driver that autoloads
    whenever /proc/pci is loaded. Or allow userlevel programs to create a FIFO in
    /proc, and hang a program off waiting for read requests.

    Michael Meissner, Cygnus Solutions (Massachusetts office)
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