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Re: Custom DSDT--The Debian Way?

On 20 Dec 2004, David Goodenough wrote:
> On Monday 20 December 2004 04:24, Ridge Chittenden wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> The DSDT on my Dell Inspiron 300m seems buggy--KDE tells me I "appear
>> to have a partial ACPI installantion," and I get a bunch of ACPI
>> errors on bootup.


>> But there are a bunch of different methods listed at the ACPI
>> project: A kernel patch that statically links the custom DSDT in,
>> another patch that allows the kernel to load a custom DSDT in an
>> initrd. (N.B.: These patches appear to be against a vanilla
>> kernel...)
>> So what's The Debian Way to do it? What do other folks do?
> I asked a very similar question a couple of weeks ago, and got the
> answer that there was no Debian way, and that the ACPI group preferred
> way is to statically link the customer DSDT.
> I have to say that I think this is the wrong choice, as the initrd
> choice gives the option of using a stock kernel, which the link in
> choice does not.

Last time I checked, using the initrd hack prevented you using an initrd
to boot with.  This is incompatible with both future kernel plans where
early boot-time code like partition detection move to an initrd, and
with Debian kernels -- they use an initrd by default.

The preference for the built-in DSDT has a lot to do with this. :)

Paperwork is the embalming fluid of bureaucracy,
maintaining an appearance of life where none exists.
        -- Robert J. Meltzer

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