Just noticed this.
It shouldn't be too dificult to add a GUI frontend to this
(if it doesn't already exist)
1) So, what is kudzu?
kudzu is the hardware autodetection & configuration tool, originally
introduced in Red Hat Linux 6.1. It detects changes in the system's
hardware configuration, and gives the option of configuring
added or removed devices. It's set up by default to run at
2) What type of devices does kudzu detect?
Currently, kudzu detects:
- PCI cards
- SBUS cards
- serial devices (PnP devices, mice, modems)
- parallel port devices (printers)
- SCSI devices (provided the appropriate SCSI modules are loaded)
- IDE devices
- PS/2 mice
More devices and types will be added in the future.
3) What is kudzu doing when it says 'Configuring device X...'?
- adds an 'ethX' alias, if necessary
- migrates old device config, or creates a new one.
- adds a 'scsi_hostadapter' alias
- Video card:
- runs Xconfigurator
- Sound card:
- runs sndconfig
- makes /dev/mouse link
- runs mouseconfig
- makes /dev/modem link
- makes /dev/cdrom link
- makes /dev/scanner link
- removes ethX alias
- removes scsi_hostadapterX alias
- removes /dev/mouse link
- removes /dev/modem link
- removes /dev/cdrom link
- removes /dev/scanner link
4) Where do I submit bug reports about kudzu?
5) Are there any known bugs in kudzu?
The serial probe can confuse devices if they are
currently in use. (modems, mice)
Running the serial probe on a machine that is acting
as a serial console can produce odd results.
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