[LinuxBIOS] [Patch] Fix CONFIG_CONSOLE_VGA handling in default pci_dev_init.

ron minnich rminnich at gmail.com
Thu Jan 3 19:37:45 CET 2008

On Jan 3, 2008 3:05 AM, Torsten Duwe <duwe at lst.de> wrote:

> If you had mentioned that CONSOLE_VGA=1 PCI_ROM_RUN=0 does not compile and you
> are working on a free standing driver, that would have saved us from the
> irrelevant part of this discussion.

Exactly. Simple, clear bug reports are always useful. Took me a few
minutes to fix.

> So if nobody objects I'll commit the original patch, after the west coast has
> had a chance to comment ;-)

Luc's patch is unnecessary as submitted; it will eliminate an option
that, in the past, was deemed desirable by some users (they may no
longer care, it may no longer matter). You can just use the patch I
sent, which fixes the problem and preserves behavior which, at one
point, somebody wanted. When the code got broken I am not sure. That
said, if the feeling is that we should go with Luc's patch, I have no

I should comment on the "who wants an emulator in a free BIOS"
argument; that discussion was resolved years ago, in favor or "lots of
people need it, whether they want it or not" -- I don't like it
either, but that's the way it goes. I was one of the strongest
opponents of using the option ROMs. I no longer see any way out of
using the option ROMs in some cases. It's the same reason we have
binary blobs in the linux kernel (e.g. microcode patches); sometimes
there is no choice.

So, even if we have a totally free driver for graphics, we will
probably see continuing demand for the emulator, to support cards with
option ROMs.


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