IEEE 1394 "Firewire"

From: Richard B. Johnson (
Date: Sun Oct 08 2000 - 18:27:46 EST


Has anybody written a driver for the Western Digital (or similar)
PCI / Firewire adapter?

If not, I'm going to have to write one. If it doesn't exist yet, should
the device be a block device or a character device? There are some new
very-fast disks that now use Firewire so this would seem to imply that
the most "logically-correct" interface would be a block device. However,
it's also used for cameras, scanners, printers, etc. Maybe there should
be a 'firewire core' with some generic devices built around it.

Info appreciated.

Dick Johnson

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