PCMCIA .cis files

Alexandre Oliva lxoliva at fsfla.org
Wed Jan 5 12:06:48 UTC 2011

On Jan  4, 2011, Richard Stallman <rms at gnu.org> wrote:

>     Yeah, I believe so.  I'm not sure the current pcmcia driver doesn't
>     really offer the interface the userland program that makes the
>     conversion relies on, or if it only fails to do so on a machine that
>     doesn't have a pcmcia interface, but the important point is that it's
>     definitely not functional on any random machine.

> In that case, either we need a separate binary-to-text converter for
> these files

has a patch by Dmitry Eremin-Solenikov with a stand-alone version of the
dump_cis program, that converts .cis binary to text.  The separate patch
that introduces mkcis, to convert from text to binary, wasn't archived
there, but we already have a stand-alone program that does that job, so
there aren't any freedom problems with the binaries, the only issue now,
if any, is GPL compliance: sh/could we ship only the binaries if we know
they were built from textual sources that we don't ship?

FWIW, 2.6.37-libre is already out, without the .cis files, but with
requests for them.

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