Linux to FreeBSD: lspci to pciconf


I’m seeing a lot of renewed interest in FreeBSD from GNU/Linux people. This is encouraging! You should be familiar with much of the userland, but there are a few differences, which I hope this new post series will help with.

lspsi is a common tool for listing PCI devices, as the name may suggest. For example, in a Xen domU:

00:02.0 Unassigned class [ff80]: XenSource, Inc. Xen Platform Device (rev 01)
00:03.0 VGA compatible controller: Cirrus Logic GD 5446 (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])

The broad equivilent is pciconf -lv:

xenpci0@pci0:0:2:0:	class=0xff8000 card=0x00015853 chip=0x00015853 rev=0x01 hdr=0x00
    vendor     = 'XenSource, Inc.'
    device     = 'Xen Platform Device'
vgapci0@pci0:0:3:0:	class=0x030000 card=0x11001af4 chip=0x00b81013 rev=0x00 hdr=0x00
    vendor     = 'Cirrus Logic'
    device     = 'GD 5446'
    class      = display
    subclass   = VGA

Note the subtle differences with the PCI addresses, which you’ll need to tweak your scripts for if you parse them.

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