VirtualBox: Compile problems with ACPICA 20101013

Jung-uk Kim jkim at
Mon Oct 18 17:33:42 UTC 2010

On Monday 18 October 2010 05:44 am, Bernhard Froehlich wrote:
> Hi guys!
> VirtualBox has a compile problem with latest acpica. I've talked to
> the VirtualBox developers and they think it's an acpica problem
> which should be fixed upstream. Can we somehow file a bugreport or
> create a patch to fix that in acpica?

Excerpt rom ACPI 4.0a:

Each Compatible Device ID must be either:

o A valid HID value (a 32-bit compressed EISA type ID or a string such 
as "ACPI0004").
o A string that uses a bus-specific nomenclature.  For example, _CID 
can be used to specify the PCI ID.

Since it is not a valid HID value, you can only say it may be a 
bus-specific nomenclature at best.  However, it looks like an ISA 
device to me and probably it is just a bogus ID.  In fact, I googled 
a bit and it only exists on some Intel Mac models, it seems.  You can 
just remove the entire _CID unless it is absolutely necessary, which 
is very unlikely. :-)

Jung-uk Kim

> Compile error:
> kBuild: iasl DevicesR3 -
> /usr/ports/emulators/virtualbox-ose/work/VirtualBox-3.2.10_OSE/src/
> /usr/ports/emulators/virtualbox-ose/work/VirtualBox-3.2.10_OSE/src/
>VBox/Devices/PC/vbox.dsl 736:                     Name (_CID,
> "smc-napa")
> Error    4001 -
>                                 String must be entirely
> alphanumeric ^ (smc-napa)
> ASL Input:
> /usr/ports/emulators/virtualbox-ose/work/VirtualBox-3.2.10_OSE/src/
>VBox/Devices/PC/vbox.dsl - 1305 lines, 46193 bytes, 288 keywords
> Compilation complete. 1 Errors, 0 Warnings, 0 Remarks, 404
> Optimizations
> I have found the commit that introduces this additional checks:
> and here is the dsl file from virtualbox:
> Thanks!

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