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SubjectRe: ISA hardware discovery -- the elegant solution
Eric W. Biederman <>:
> ISA is not a software enumerable bus especially not for unprivledged
> users. And no amount of complaining will change that. That is why we
> have PNP ISA and PCI.

But the kernel itself has to know how to probe and initialize these devices
at boot time, correct? That information is implicitly exported via
/var/log/dmesg -- I'm simply suggesting that it be a little more explicit.

> > But suppose the format of boot-time driver messages were standardized in a
> > format that included their config symbol in a discoverable form?
> If there was an ISA device in your example it might be interesting.

Some of the on-board devices on my Tyan Thunder are ISA.

> > With this change, generating a report on ISA hardware and other
> > facilities configured in at boot time would be trivial. This would
> > make the autoconfigurator much more capable. Best of all, the only
> > change required to accomplish this would be safe edits of print format
> > strings.
> It sounds like what you want is an lsmod that lists compiled in
> modules.

Would that be feasible without root privileges in order to read kmem?
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