Re: Why so many HW detection packages?
On Fri, 2002-04-26 at 15:15, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
> Debian seem to have lots of HW detection packages. I've noticed the
> following (which one did I forget?):
This is a very basic set of utilities for doing interesting things with
the PCI bus. It's presence is required for some of the others to work.
This is Mandrake's old hardware detection system, which appears to be
This is a utility that detects what kind of mouse you have. It's used
by the X server packages to autodetect your mouse.
> discover-data, discover
This is Progeny's fork of Mandrake's detect system. It is, I believe,
much more up-to-date, and is very useful. It is also used by the X
server packages to autodetect video cards.
[Disclaimer: I work for Progeny; infer what bias you may.]
> kudzu, kudzu-vesa
This is a port of Red Hat's hardware detection system.
> hotplug-utils, hotplug
These utilities are used for hot-pluggable hardware, such as USB and
FireWire/i.Link/whatever. They complement more "static" hardware
detection systems that configure permanently-attached hardware like PCI
This utility reads Plug and Play information from monitors that support
the standard. It's used by the X server packages to autoconfigure your
monitor. It only works on i386, as I recall.
> Some of them will only detect and report hardware, some of them try to
> load kernel modules and/or change the configuration and some of them
> only have lists of HW available. Can all of these packages safely be
> installed on the same machine?
I can vouch for the following combination, which I have installed on all
of my machines:
pciutils, mdetect, discover[-data], hotplug[-utils], read-edid
> There also seem to be some overlap in the HW databases included:
> **** libdetect0 ****
> **** discover-data ****
As mentioned before, discover is a fork of Mandrake detect, so this
overlap is not surprising.
> Perhaps these packages should be synchronized?
As mentioned before, detect appears to be orphaned upstream, so syncing
with discover appears to be out of the question. I have no idea about
> Which package is the best package to install on a freshly installed
> Debian/Woody box? I want to get all supported HW working out of the
I have had great success with the list of packages I listed above, along
with pcmcia-cs if you need PCMCIA support.
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