Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Sun Nov 20 22:01:22 CST 2005

On Sun, Nov 20, 2005 at 07:48:07PM -0800, Paul M Edwards wrote:
> "can we just do a MD5SUM on a device list and compare the result
> against a previously stored value to determine whether the full
> hardware detection is required?"
> Surely it wouldn't be required at every bootup, only when the hardware
> is changed.
> Forgive me if this is a ridiculous question; I don't know exactly how
> hardware detection works.

It isn't the process of determining what hardware is present which is most
time-consuming (though that will get a lot faster in Dapper), it's the
actual loading of the drivers.

 - mdz

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