[Fwd: RE: Pci-utils]

Jeremy Huntwork jhuntwork at linuxfromscratch.org
Fri Apr 15 18:45:27 PDT 2005

Most of a conversation between Randy McMurchy and myself about 
pci-utils. Forwarding to list for future use.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: Pci-utils
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 20:19:38 -0500
From: Randy McMurchy <randy at linuxfromscratch.org>
To: 'Jeremy Huntwork' <jhuntwork at linuxfromscratch.org>

Hi Jeremy,

You wrote:

> Sounds good. Thanks for the tip. :) I've not used pci-utils before, so I
> just built it according to what's in BLFS.  Mind showing me what exactly
> you mean by the update file and how to make use of it?

The program is very old. The default shipped 'ids' file can't
define anything modern. However, this file is updated constantly
by the kernel guys.

To fetch the updated 'ids' file, you simply run the update-pciids
program, but it requires wget or some other fetch type program.

You could easily just fetch it yourself, and install it on the
live-cd. It simply replaces the existing file located in /usr/share.
Then you'd be current as of the last fetch you did manually.

You'll see what I mean when you run the program. Look in /usr/share
after you run 'update-pciids'.

It makes pciutils very good because this 'ids' file is kept up
very well. The default one shipped with the package doesn't
know about any recent hardware.

I hope this helps. Have a good weekend!

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