spin kickstart/minimization cleanups

Peter Jones pjones at redhat.com
Wed Apr 21 14:35:15 UTC 2010

On 04/21/2010 09:40 AM, Colin Walters wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 7:08 AM, Peter Robinson <pbrobinson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I've spent a little time looking at the hardware side of things and
>> done a basic patch for some of the hardware stuff based on the current
>> rawhide comps file. I've broken it down into network/server/misc for
>> the time being and pushed the print stuff over to its group. More can
>> be done as it was a quick look through. The old hardware-support
>> currently includes all the other groups so there's no real change for
>> current builds overall.
> This looks like a good start.  I think the way this kind of thing
> should work in general is that the system detects if you have the
> hardware, and dynamically installs support for it.  We'd need some
> database mapping things like USB ids to packages.

Just brainstorming here, but why not do something like:

Provides: modalias(usb:v03F0p0121d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*)

and make a python module that asks udev/devicekit for modaliases of
whatever hardware is installed.  anaconda could use that relatively
easily to search for packages, and a packagekit (or whatever) plugin
could do something similar for the hotplug cases after installation.


Hardware simply does not work like the manual says and no amount
of Zen contemplation will ever make you at one with a 3c905B ethernet card.
		-- Alan

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