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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/4] ACPI PCI slot detection driver
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On Monday, March 03, 2008 9:49 pm Greg KH wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 01, 2008 at 07:43:07AM -0700, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> > On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 09:25:42PM -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> > > What is the guarantee that the names of these slots are correct and do
> > > not happen to be the same as the hotpluggable ones?
> >
> > That would be a bug -- and yes, bugs happen, and we have to deal with
> > them.
>
> My main concern is that BIOS vendors will not fix these bugs, as no
> other OS cares/does this kind of thing today. The ammount of bad
> information out there might be quite large, and I think this was
> confirmed by some initial testing of IBM systems, right?

Yeah, but there's a flip side to this too: if no one uses the data, no one
will complain when it's wrong. If Linux starts making it easy to see this
stuff, there's a chance system vendors will start taking an extra 5 min.
before shipment to make sure that the BIOS info is up to date...

OTOH, I'm not sure which is worse, bad data or no data.

Jesse


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