Re: ISA slot detection on PCI systems?

From: Eric S. Raymond (
Date: Thu Jan 03 2002 - 00:46:04 EST

Andrew Morton <>:
> If Eric can get the entire download-config-build-install process
> down to a single mouse click, he'll have done us all a great service.

Single-mouse-click configuration isn't going to happen soon. It may
not happen at all.

However, I believe pushing in that direction is worthwhile.
Configuration *can* be made a helluva lot easier than it is now.
Easier than I think most kernel developers would believe possible, at
least before sitting down to a serious think and abandoning a lot of
long-held assumptions about how things `have' to be.

CML2 was the first step. It gives us a tool that can guarantee the
correctness and consistency of configuration changes according to a

The autoconfigurator that Giacomo Catenazzi started, which I am now
integrating with CML2, is the next step. I expect it to reduce the
task complexity for typical configuration cases by 90%. It's pretty
effective, including more than 2500 probes.

I don't know what the third step will be yet. It depends partly on what
that remaining 10% looks like.

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

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