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SubjectRe: PATCH : LEDs - possibly the most pointless kernel subsystem ever
Hi!

> I haven't had chance to test this yet, but I really like the idea - by
> an amasing co-incidence, I was actually thinking about the possibility
> of doing a parallel port connected front panel earlier today!
>
> Does anybody have any suggestions for recommended standard uses for
> parallel port connected LEDs?
>
> Disk spinning up/disk ready
> Root login active
>
> Any other suggestions?

At one point I had 12 LEDs on parport. LEDs were fast enough to be drive at interrupt entry/exit.
They were:
Yellow not idle task
Green interrupt
" bh
" pagefault
Red lowest 4 bits of PID
Red, low intensity serial i/o
" network i/o

It actually looked very good. Glow of interrupt led
told you interrupt load, pid LEDs told you about what kind of load
it is experiencing (you could tell shell script from make and from computation, and
if machine hard-died, you at least knew if it
was interrupt or process context).
But this kind of blinkenlights needed pretty fast LEDs. (At 486 time I decided that parport on ISA is fast enough..)
Pavel
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