PCMCIA .cis files
lxoliva at fsfla.org
Sat Jan 1 13:39:29 UTC 2011
On Dec 31, 2010, Richard Stallman <rms at gnu.org> wrote:
> I'm not sure the .cis files are software. They are binary descriptions
> of the card name, function, compatibility and hardware configuration.
> I am not sure the question matters. Does it? The only significant
> difference between the binary form and the textual form is the
> comment, but if that comment is useful, then the textual form is
I wouldn't say the comment is useful, but I think the textual form is
> So if you want to add these files, where's the problem? Add the source.
I don't want to clutter the deblob scripts adding lots of stuff.
> But the first question is, is there a reason to add them?
> Why do you want to add them?
I don't. I'd just like to keep the binary .cis files if there wasn't
any reason to remove them.
> Linux-libre has long removed all .cis files that are requested by the
> various PCMCIA drivers.
> What do these files DO? What job are they used for?
The PCMCIA driver gets from this file data on PCMCIA standards
compatibility, voltage, I/O ports and IRQs it's supposed to use to talk
to the device, in addition to name and type of card.
Alexandre Oliva, freedom fighter http://FSFLA.org/~lxoliva/
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