Re: [OxLUG] Package Dependency Poll

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Author: Jamie Lokier
To: Oxfordshire Linux User Group Discussion List
Subject: Re: [OxLUG] Package Dependency Poll
Adrian Cox wrote:
> I'm putting together a hardware support deb and rpm for a product. The hardware support is mostly udev rules, plus a small program which performs an ioctl to a USB device. These will ship with the product, as distributions will take a while to catch up. After the initial attachment, the device uses standard kernel drivers.
> Which do you think is better?
> 1) A C implementation of the ioctl, requiring a different compiled package for each architecture.
> 2) A Python implementation of the ioctl, allowing a single architecture independent package, but adding a python dependency.

Is that standard kernel drivers as in pre-existing driver, or your own

If the latter, use a sysfs attribute instead of ioctl, and distribute
a shell script.

If it's a pre-existing kernel driver, is there no sysfs/procfs way to
do what the ioctl does already?

-- Jamie