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RE: [avrdude-dev] avrdude GUI with Fuse Calculator

From: Weddington, Eric
Subject: RE: [avrdude-dev] avrdude GUI with Fuse Calculator
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 12:52:25 -0700


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> rg] On Behalf Of Joerg Wunsch
> Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 12:31 PM
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> Subject: Re: [avrdude-dev] avrdude GUI with Fuse Calculator
> The current size of
> avrdude.conf bothers me, it's approaching half a megabyte already.
> Also, the current structure shows some significant shortcomings in
> other areas as well: the flat name space has caused arbitrary naming
> in certain areas, just to distinguish e. g. the different poll
> timeouts used within certain contexts.  So some kind of restructuring
> appears to be overdue.  I'd like to know about other developer's
> opinions on that.  Ideally, I'd like to at least see it split into one
> file per AVR part, and maybe one file for the rest, or even one file
> per supported programmer as well.  The idea to use XML files rather
> than plain text files is also tempting, given that many of the modern
> programmer parameters are to be extracted from Atmel's part
> description XML files anyway.

I like the simplicity of 1 file per device and 1 file per programmer.
XML seems to be a standard format. Plus it would probably ease writing
convertors to convert from Atmel XML device file to avrdude XML device
file. One could probably do that with the XMLstar command line tool. If
conversion is easy, then it becomes easier to support a new device as it
is released.

Eric Weddington

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