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SubjectRE: ISA hardware discovery -- the elegant solution
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Giacomo Catenazzi [mailto:cate@debian.org]
> >>
> >>The kernel's device drivers have, of course, to include probe
> >>routines, and those hard-compiled in typically log the presence of
> >>their hardware to /var/log/mesg when it loads. By scanning that
> >>file, we in effect get to use those probes.
> >>
> >
> > Doesn't this mean that you would need a fully functional kernel
> > before you get to run the autoconfigurator?
>
>
> Not a problem. Autoconfiguration is made to help configuring
> the kernel, before to compile it. So you need a linux working
> machine (actually you can cross-compile).
>
> Our task is to allow user to compile a kernel, with the
> needed drivers, without the non used drivers.

OK, well I guess I am a little confused.

If I hit an autoconfigurator button then I would expect a kernel that
will boot and know everything there is to know about my machine.

Without probing the hardware how will the autoconfigurator cope with
the hardware changing underneath it?

Michael
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