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drvctl -- tool to rescan busses and detach devices on user request
drvctl -r [-a attribute] busdevice [locator ...]
drvctl -d device
drvctl [-nt] -l [device]
drvctl [-n] -p device [property ...]
drvctl -Q device
drvctl -R device
drvctl -S device
The drvctl program works with the drvctl(4) pseudo-driver to allow the
rescan of busses and to detach drivers from devices.
The following options are available:
-a Give the interface attribute where children are to be attached to
(and which defines the interpretation of the locator informa-
tion). This will only be needed in rare cases where the bus has
multiple attributes. If there are multiple attributes, and one
is not specified, drvctl will return an Invalid argument. In
such cases, the -p option can be used to determine the available
-d Detach the device driver from the device given by the device
-l List the children of the device specified by the device argument.
If device is not specified, list roots of the device tree
instead. Output comes in two columns. The first column is
device, or ``root'' if device is not specified. The second col-
umn is the child.
-n Suppress first column in -l output. Suppress non-XML headers in
-p Get properties for the device specified by the device argument.
If property is specified, the value of that property is printed,
otherwise the properties are displayed as an XML property list.
The property can be given as a path of dictionary keys and
numeric array indexes separated by slashes.
-Q Resume the ancestors of device, device itself, and all of its
-R Resume both the ancestors of device and device itself.
-r Rescan the bus given by the busdevice argument. The scan range
can be restricted by an optional locator list.
-S Suspend both the descendants of device and device itself.
-t Print a tree of devices in -l output.
To scan for IDE/SATA/eSATA disks on atabus1, which need to use the
# drvctl -r -a ata_hl atabus1
To scan for devices on a USB hub uhub3, that have not been discovered by
normal methods (or were detached with the -d option for drvctl), need to
use the "usbifif" or "usbdevif" attributes, try one or both of these:
# drvctl -r -a usbifif uhub3
# drvctl -r -a usbdevif uhub3
proplib(3), drvctl(4), autoconf(9)
A drvctl utility appeard in NetBSD 4.0.
Currently, there is no good way to get information about locator lengths
and default values (which is present at kernel configuration time) out of
a running kernel. Thus the locator handling is less intelligent than it
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