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How Linux Works by Brian Ward

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PC Cards (PCMCIA)

Linux PCMCIA support is highly dependent on kernel versions. If you upgrade your kernel, you almost certainly need to upgrade your PCMCIA drivers and tools.

Although some of the core PCMCIA drivers are in the main Linux kernel distribution, you still need the pcmcia-cs package for additional drivers and system utilities. The components of the PCMCIA system include the following:

  • Kernel modules for PC Card interface controllers and individual PC Cards. These modules go in /lib/modules/version/pcmcia.

  • The /sbin/cardmgr daemon for managing configuration when you insert or remove a card.

  • Various support utilities and services, located in /etc/pcmcia and /sbin.

There are too many pieces of the system to set up and configure by hand, so ...

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