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[GNU-linux-libre] Re: PCMCIA .cis files

From: Alexandre Oliva
Subject: [GNU-linux-libre] Re: PCMCIA .cis files
Date: Sat, 01 Jan 2011 11:39:29 -0200
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On Dec 31, 2010, Richard Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:

>     I'm not sure the .cis files are software.  They are binary descriptions
>     of the card name, function, compatibility and hardware configuration.

> I am not sure the question matters.  Does it?  The only significant
> difference between the binary form and the textual form is the
> comment, but if that comment is useful, then the textual form is
> better.

I wouldn't say the comment is useful, but I think the textual form is
better anyway.

> So if you want to add these files, where's the problem?  Add the source.

I don't want to clutter the deblob scripts adding lots of stuff.

> But the first question is, is there a reason to add them?
> Why do you want to add them?

I don't.  I'd just like to keep the binary .cis files if there wasn't
any reason to remove them.

>     Linux-libre has long removed all .cis files that are requested by the
>     various PCMCIA drivers.

> What do these files DO?  What job are they used for?

The PCMCIA driver gets from this file data on PCMCIA standards
compatibility, voltage, I/O ports and IRQs it's supposed to use to talk
to the device, in addition to name and type of card.

Alexandre Oliva, freedom fighter
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