phidgets for FreeBSD?

Brooks Davis brooks at
Fri Jun 5 22:41:22 UTC 2009

On Sat, Jun 06, 2009 at 01:25:09AM +1000, Ian Smith wrote:
> On Wed, 3 Jun 2009 15:07:53 +0300 Ghirai <ghirai at> wrote:
>  > Is there any (native) FreeBSD supoprt for Phidgets
>  > (
>  > 
>  > Someone seems to have attempted (and succeeded) to run things on 7.0,
>  > some time ago, but there doesn't seem to be any further info
>  > (
>  > 
>  > Any ideas?
> No, but colour me interested too.  Thanks for the pointer.
> Copying this to Brooks, who started that thread in 2005 with a patch for 
> phidgets 2.0, which left me wondering if anything has become of that in 
> the 2.1 linux sources, which I'm just grabbing.

I've not really found time to do much since then.  I think I've still
got an ancient port around somewhere.  All my patch did was refactor the
error handling which caused basic stuff to work for me.

> I'm generally interested in whether linux applications using libusb are 
> more likely than not to work on FreeBSD, operational differences between 
> libusb on FreeBSD and linux, and whether our new USB stack has changed 
> anything in that equation at all?

As a rule, libusb stuff will work.  Historically the function to allow
a kernel driver (usually hid) to be detached hasn't been supported, but
otherwise it's functional.

-- Brooks
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