Section: Maintenance Commands (8)
Updated: 2002/11/01 06:37:45
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cardmgr - PCMCIA device manager
Cardmgr monitors PCMCIA sockets for card insertion and removal
events. When a card is inserted, cardmgr looks up the card in a
database of known cards. If the card can be identified, appropriate
device drivers will be loaded and bound to the card. When a card is
ejected, that card's drivers will be shut down and unloaded if
possible. Based on the contents of the PCMCIA card configuration
database, cardmgr may also execute arbitrary commands when
appropriate cards are either inserted or removed.
All insertion and removal events, device driver loads and unloads, and
startup and shutdown commands are reported in the system log file.
Warnings and errors will also be logged. Current card and device
information for each socket is recorded in /var/lib/pcmcia/stab.
Normally, when a card is identified, cardmgr will send a beep to
the console. A beep is also generated when a card is successfully
configured. A beep of lower pitch is generated if either of these
steps fails. Ejecting a card produces a single beep.
When cardmgr receives a SIGHUP signal, it will reload its
configuration file. When cardmgr receives a SIGTERM
signal, it will shut down all sockets that are not busy and then exit,
but drivers for busy sockets will stay loaded.
If the PCMCIA_OPTS environment variable is set, its contents
will be parsed after the main card configuration file is read.
At startup, cardmgr requires that /tmp reside on a
filesystem that permits special device files (i.e., a real linux
filesystem, that is not mounted "nodev").
Show version information and exit.
Quiet mode: don't beep when cards are inserted.
Verbose mode: generates more informational messages during normal
operation. Configuration scripts are executed with VERBOSE=y.
Foreground: do not fork and run as a daemon until after configuring
any cards that are already present.
One pass: configure cards that are present, then exit. This flag
also forces cardmgr to run in the foreground.
- -c configpath
Look for the card configuration database and card configuration
scripts in the specified directory, instead of /etc/pcmcia.
- -m modpath
Look for loadable kernel modules in the specified directory, instead
of /lib/modules/`uname -r`.
- -p pidfile
Write the PID of the cardmgr process to the specified file, instead of
- -s stabfile
Write current socket information to the specified file, instead of
Card configuration database
Local resource settings for PCMCIA devices
PID of active cardmgr process
Current card and device information for each socket.
David Hinds - firstname.lastname@example.org
pcmcia(5), stab(5), cardctl(8).
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linux.jgfs.net manual pages