No Thanks for All the Help
joe at zircon.seattle.wa.us
Thu May 27 15:04:25 PDT 2004
On Wed, 2004-05-26 at 15:23, Joe Kelsey wrote:
> Gee, I ask a seemingly simple question about connecting a very simple
> driver to the system and all of ZERO people chime in with help.
> The only thing anyone had to say involved something like "Read and
> update isa_compat.h" and I can take it from there! However, noone said
> that or anything else for that matter.
> It really upsets me because it seems that absolutely *no* documentation
> exists for how to connect a driver to FreeBSD 4.x. Documentation exists
> for 3.x and 5.x, but none for 4.x.
Well, I did generate quite a bit of response to this particular
message. Probably more than 90% of the response involved snide and
sarcastic remarks about how no one should ask questions on the stable
list and ever expect to receive an answer to them. A very small
percentage of respondents actually offered sympathy and some even
offered good ideas.
I want to thank those few people who actually responded with
non-sarcastic and non-snide information for their help. I also want to
tell anyone who felt compelled to send me a snide or sarcastic remark
that I have safely placed your response in the appropriate folder.
> This mailing list just seems useless to me.
You know, all anyone ever had to do was to answer my original request
with a simple message saying please ask again on -hackers. Or simply
point me at the particular file which contains the linkage code for
old-fashioned device drivers. No one did this until I sent out my
message complaining about how hard I find it to work in the totally
unhelpful environment. I personally have years of experience working
around many different environments, and the most difficult part always
involves trying to figure out someone else's undocumented code. I
specifically did not want to go down the whole isa module route as that
adds an incredible amount of seemingly irrelevant cruft to a very simple
Anyway, I have nothing else to say on this matter.
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