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Re: redesigning the debian installer

On Tue, Sep 12, 2000 at 07:18:23PM -0700, Joey Hess wrote:
> Glenn McGrath wrote:
> > The 2.4 kernel can handle isa-pnp, so there shouldnt be problems with
> > assigning irq and io value for isa-pnp network or sound cards which
> > there are probably a fair few of.
> Two problems there:
> 1) I have a box that pnpdump locks solid. Ok, I haven't tried the new
>    kernel's detection, but I have my doubts.
> 2) It's outside the domain of the installer to set up your sound card.
>    The only hardware the installer should care about is the hard drive,
>    whatever hardware is being used to install from (cd, ethernet), and
>    possibly CPU and memory. If we want a sound card detection thing,
>    someone can write it as a normal debian package that's not part of
>    the installer.

The thing is, most of these autodetection libraries just do "detection,
suggest module". They don't care whether it is an ethernet card or video
frame grabber. There's no need to duplicate this just for sound (or
whatever), and IMO it doesn't hurt to do it all at once. Makes the
installer look more complete, as opposed to "Hey, it didn't detect my
'foo' card, why not?".

There is no overhead in this, since it is just a matter of PCI ID's
and module mappings. The PCI_ID->module mapping is already done for all
modules. Not using it, doesn't save anything.


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