Re: ISA slot detection on PCI systems?

From: Horst von Brand (
Date: Thu Jan 03 2002 - 09:37:35 EST

Brian Gerst <> said:


> Then the best thing to do is to put a disclaimer on your
> autoconfiguration program: "WARNING: autoconfigure may not detect older
> hardware that was not designed for reliable detection. If autoconfigure
> fails to detect all of your hardware, you may need to manually configure
> your kernel."

It is a lot easier just to leave a question in "Do you have old (ISA) cards
in your machine?"... solves 95% of the "problem" with minimal effort. The
question can then go for "Newbie configuration" in a few years.

> Sometimes perfection isn't worth the effort, especially when trying to
> support a class of hardware that is rapidly becoming obsolete. Optimize
> for the most likely case, and deal with the rare corner cases with other
> means.


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