IEEE488 (lack of) future in FreeBSD

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at
Wed Jan 9 04:37:16 PST 2008

I added a rudimentary IEEE488 bus (GP-IB/HP-IB if you like) support
in FreeBSD a couple of years ago.

In the meantime, the price of USB-IEEE488 gadgets has fallen
drastically, and I have switched to using such a gadget from

The prospect of the IEEE488 support ever being completed looks
incredibly dim at this point in time.

If nobody is using the code, I'd like to remove it before the 8.0


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