hal spec 0.2-pre

Marc Boris Dürner mduerner at gmx.net
Thu Oct 30 12:51:47 EET 2003

Thanks very much for the hard work David! I like it a lot better where HAL
is going now. 
>  - Downplay of the device configuration bits - BootProgram and friends 
>    will probably never be used on Linux 
>  - Thoughts on how to integrate volume management and other non-generic 
>    device operations 
I agree wholeheartly with this. I would even remove BootProgram,
ConfigureProgram for the first version of HAL. It gives us a lot of problems
integrating HAL 
into a modern C++ framework and our distribution. Also I believe it is
important to get 
HAL out quickly even if it means to reduce the features for version 1.
Nothing stops us to 
expand into device configuration after HAL-1. And for simple mounting /
unmounting or 
other "activation" stuff a separate deamon is probably more appropriate. and
already volunteered to do it (volume manager). 
A minor thing: How about renaming the property GotDeviceInfoFile to 
DeviceInfoFilePresent? Then all the DeviceInfoFile* properties would be
I am also still comitted to donate some ps2 and serial probing code. Havent
done it yet, 
because HAL was still under heavy redesign. Also got some stuff for IDE/SCSI
probing atm if there is any interest. All is GPL. 
Thanks for all your efforts and keep up the great work! 

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