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Re: [patch #7275] Support for parallel port programmers on windows 7 64

From: Joerg Wunsch
Subject: Re: [patch #7275] Support for parallel port programmers on windows 7 64 bit and other versions of 64 bit windows
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 06:31:21 +0100

(Cc'ing Henrik again - I think he isn't subscribed to the list.)

As greuelm@mgtek.com wrote:

> What I meant to say was in the context of this patch, i.e. Windows specific.
> I would not remove parallel port support altogether, but I suggest to
> disable it for Windows (both x86 and x64), and remove the windows folder. As
> I said, my biggest gripe is with giveio.sys. IMHO, applying this patch would
> be a step into the wrong direction.

If giveio.sys is your main concern, I think the patch actually is a
step towards the right direction then.

What I'd wish to see then:

* turn the patch from a run-time into a configure and compile-time
  option (--enable-giveio, #ifdef USE_GIVEIO); I don't like to have
  another commandline flag for it

* default it to the InpOut driver

* document all this, i.e. make sure the documentation describes what
  needs to be done on Windows in order to access a parallel port

Nevertheless, I tend to turn the configure.ac default for parport to
"disabled" starting at release 6.4, given that there's almost no
hardware around for it anymore.

cheers, Joerg               .-.-.   --... ...--   -.. .  DL8DTL

Never trust an operating system you don't have sources for. ;-)

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