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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ACPI: don't walk tables if ACPI was disabled
On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 11:27 PM, Vegard Nossum <> wrote:
> So I guess this function, pnpbios_init() needs the check as well. In
> fact, it has this:
> if (!acpi_disabled && !pnpacpi_disabled) {
> pnpbios_disabled = 1;
> printk(KERN_INFO "PnPBIOS: Disabled by ACPI PNP\n");
> return -ENODEV;
> }
> #endif /* CONFIG_ACPI */
> ...I guess that should be changed to say if (acpi_disabled ||
> pnpacpi_disabled)? Or... I don't understand the purpose of the
> original test. But it seems to be there since the beginning of time
> (or, well, v2.6.12-rc2).

Nope. I found the introduction of the change in the historical git repository:

commit 4723ebe898a32262ed49fe677897ccea47e72ff4
Author: Adam Belay <>
Date: Sun Oct 24 15:07:32 2004 -0400

[PNPBIOS] disable if ACPI is active

As further ACPI pnp functionaility is implemented it is no longer
safe to run ACPI and PNPBIOS concurrently.

We therefore take the following approach:
- attempt to enable ACPI support
- if ACPI fails (blacklist etc.) enable pnpbios support
- if ACPI support is not compiled in the kernel enable pnpbios support

Signed-off-by: Adam Belay <>

and now I understand the purpose of the check; pnpbios does not depend
on ACPI; ACPI/pnpacpi is incompatible with pnpbios.

Yet it remains a fact that pnpbios will discover devices which then
ACPI code uses erroneously. Which means that my original fix for Ingo
probably is the right one after all. Should I submit another patch
which does the right thing for everything under drivers/acpi/, or can
you do it on your own? :-)


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the programmer was not looking is intellectually dishonest as it
disguises that the error is the programmer's own creation."
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