small note to GENERIC for isa dependency

Roman Kurakin rik at
Tue Apr 20 07:07:01 PDT 2004

Bruce M Simpson wrote:

>On Tue, Apr 20, 2004 at 03:57:21PM +0400, Roman Kurakin wrote:
>>Ok. If I don't have ISA at all, what is bad in idea to remove it from 
>>config file?
>The problem is that ISA and the i386 architecture are still intimately
>involved. It's probably hidden away as something called LPC on yours. :-)
Lets imaging that I don't know internals. Lets imaging that I am very 
young. I didn't see ISA
bus ever in my life. I only know that it was :-) So I started to work 
with FreeBSD in a
modern world, on a modern hardware. Why should I expect that modern code 
of modern
operation system should use unmodern ISA that is dead.

I understand how world is complex. But I dont see anything bad in this 
Especially from those who do not know details. I don't want to say that 
we surely
need to remove those dependances. I only want to say that this is normal 
to remove device "isa" as a "hardware missing in my modern box", cause I 
open it
and see nothing except PCI slots.
(I know, by evolution of this theory we could came to the situation 
where we check
out box and suddenly realize that we do not have npx device. :-) )

By the way, since we have many device entries that implicitly depend on 
we might wish to have some mechanism to check those dependances or even
complete them as we complete packages list during installation.


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