Re: ISA slot detection on PCI systems?

From: Eric S. Raymond (
Date: Wed Jan 02 2002 - 17:48:24 EST

Dave Jones <>:
> > Just took a quick look at dmidecode.c and auditing this code doesn't
> > seem out of reach.
> Exactly. And 90% of it can be ditched.

But a setuid program *will not solve my problem*.

The person running the autoconfigurator is not and should not be doing so
as root. Requiring the person to stop and sun sudo just so the
autoconfigurator can proceed is exactly the sort of pointless
obstacle we should *not* be putting in front of users!

(Telling me to rely on dmidecode already being installed SUID is not
a good answer either. No prizes for figuring out why.)

Ay caramba...please guys, try get your heads out of the internals
and start thinking from the *useability* angle for once!

		<a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>

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