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Re: Adding new device support

From: Roland McGrath
Subject: Re: Adding new device support
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 15:42:21 -0400 (EDT)

> This is more a gnumach question than a hurd question but I haven't been
> able to find a gnumach list or a FAQ so I'm asking here.

I rewrote the CC to bug-hurd@gnu.org, which is the most appropriate list.

> What is the "official/supported" method for adding new device drivers to
> the kernel? I need support for a pdc20267 ATA/100 ide controller and
> before I start working on a driver I'd like to know that the effort will
> be useful.

Whatever works. :-)  

The existing IDE drivers used in gnumach are taken from Linux-2.0.x.
You can modify those or try to drop a new Linux version in.

You might also consider trying oskit-mach, which gets its drivers from the
OSKit.  The OSKit currently has IDE drivers from Linux-2.2.12, and it is
pretty easy to drop newer Linux-2.2.x drivers into the OSKit source tree.

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