FireWire

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This article describes the setup of FireWire (IEEE 1394, i.Link) controllers.

Installation

Kernel configuration

For FireWire support, the following kernel options need to be activated:

KERNEL Add FireWire driver support
Device Drivers --->
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire) support  --->
        <*> FireWire driver stack
        <*>   OHCI-1394 controllers

Select additional drivers as needed. For example, a FireWire hard drive may need the following options enabled:

KERNEL Add additional driver support
Device Drivers --->
    SCSI device support --->
        <*> SCSI device support
        <*> SCSI disk support
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire) support  --->
        <*>   Storage devices (SBP-2 protocol)

USE flags

Portage knows the global USE flag ieee1394 for enabling support for FireWire in other packages. Enabling this USE flag will pull in sys-libs/libraw1394 automatically:

FILE /etc/portage/make.conf
USE="... ieee1394 ..."

USE flags for sys-libs/libraw1394 Library that provides direct access to the IEEE 1394 bus

Emerge

After setting the USE flag above update the system so the changes take effect:

root #emerge --ask --changed-use --deep @world

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