/etc/pcmcia/config - PCMCIA card configuration database
There are three resource types: port, memory, and irq. By default, Card Services assumes that it can use any interrupt that is not bound by another device driver. However, it makes no assumptions about IO port and address ranges, because some Linux drivers do not register their resource usage. So, port and memory ranges must be explicitly made available for use by PCMCIA devices.
So, here is a portion of a config file:
include port 0x300-0x3ff, memory 0xd0000-0xdffff reserve irq 3 exclude irq 4, port 0x3f8-0x3ff
This says that Card Services can allocate ports in the range 0x300 to 0x3ff, and memory in the range 0xd0000 to 0xdffff. It should not use irq 4 or ports 0x3f8-0x3ff (even if they seem to be available). And irq 3 should only be allocated if a client specifically asks for it.
Card Services will never allocate resources already allocated by another kernel device driver. The include/exclude/reserve mechanism just provides a way of controlling what resources it will try to use, to accomodate devices that are not registered with the Linux resource manager.
device "pcnet_cs" class "network" module "net/8390" opts "ei_debug=4", "pcnet_cs"
This says that the pcnet_cs device requires two loadable modules. The first one is located in the net module subdirectory and will be loaded with a specific parameter setting. The second module should be in the pcmcia module subdirectory. The device is in the network class, so the network script in the configuration directory will be used to start or stop the device.
It is also possible to specify default options for a particular kernel module, outside of a device driver declaration. This is convenient for keeping local configuration options in a file separate from the main card configuration file. For example:
module "pcnet_cs" opts "mem_speed=600"
card "Linksys Ethernet Card" tuple 0x40, 0x0009, "E-CARD PC Ethernet Card" bind "pcnet_cs"
This card is identified by a string at offset 0x0009 in tuple 0x40, and will be bound to the pcnet_cs driver (which must be already declared in a driver declaration).
card "Connectware LANdingGear Adapter" manfid 0x0057, 0x1004 bind "pcnet_cs"
This card is identified by its MANFID tuple contents. The pci method has the same form, with pci replacing manfid.
card "D-Link DE-650 Ethernet Card" version "D-Link", "DE-650" bind "pcnet_cs"
This card will be identified using its VERSION_1 tuple, and will also be bound to the pcnet_cs driver.
card "Serial port device" function serial_port bind "serial_cs"
This binds the serial_cs driver to any card with a CIS function ID of 0x02, which corresponds to a serial port card. The function ID can either be a number, or one of the following predefined functions: memory_card, serial_port, parallel_port, fixed_disk, video_adapter, network_adapter, and aims_card.
Finally, the configuration file can specify that Card Services should use a replacement for the configuration information found on a card. This can be useful if a card's configuration information is particularly incomplete or inaccurate. The new information is read from a file as in this example:
card "Evil broken card" manfid 0x1234, 0x5678 cis "fixup.cis" bind "serial_cs"
A memory region definition begins with the region keyword and a descriptive string. This is followed by an identification method: either default to identify an MTD to be used for any otherwise unclassified region, or jedec to identify a region based on its JEDEC identification codes. Thus, for example,
region "Intel Series 2 Flash" jedec 0x89 0xa2 mtd "iflash2_mtd"
specifies that the iflash2_mtd driver will be loaded based on a JEDEC match.