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PCICONF(8)              FreeBSD System Manager's Manual             PCICONF(8)

     pciconf - diagnostic utility for the PCI bus

     pciconf -l [-cv]
     pciconf -a selector
     pciconf -r [-b | -h] selector addr[:addr2]
     pciconf -w [-b | -h] selector addr value

     The pciconf utility provides a command line interface to functionality
     provided by the pci(4) ioctl(2) interface.  As such, some of the
     functions are only available to users with write access to /dev/pci,
     normally only the super-user.

     With the -l option, it lists all devices found by the boot probe in the
     following format:

     foo0@pci0:0:4:0: class=0x010000 card=0x00000000 chip=0x000f1000 rev=0x01 hdr=0x00
     bar0@pci0:0:5:0: class=0x000100 card=0x00000000 chip=0x88c15333 rev=0x00 hdr=0x00
     none0@pci0:0:6:0: class=0x020000 card=0x00000000 chip=0x802910ec rev=0x00 hdr=0x00

     The first column gives the device name, unit number, and selector.  If
     there is no device configured in the kernel for the PCI device in
     question, the device name will be ``none''.  Unit numbers for
     unconfigured devices start at zero and are incremented for each
     unconfigured device that is encountered.  The selector is in a form which
     may directly be used for the other forms of the command.  The second
     column is the class code, with the class byte printed as two hex digits,
     followed by the sub-class and the interface bytes.  The third column
     gives the contents of the subvendorid register, introduced in revision
     2.1 of the PCI standard.  Note that it will be 0 for older cards.  The
     field consists of the card ID in the upper half and the card vendor ID in
     the lower half of the value.

     The fourth column contains the chip device ID, which identifies the chip
     this card is based on.  It consists of two fields, identifying the chip
     and its vendor, as above.  The fifth column prints the chip's revision.
     The sixth column describes the header type.  Currently assigned header
     types include 0 for most devices, 1 for PCI to PCI bridges, and 2 for PCI
     to CardBus bridges.  If the most significant bit of the header type
     register is set for function 0 of a PCI device, it is a multi-function
     device, which contains several (similar or independent) functions on one

     If the -c option is supplied, pciconf will list any capabilities
     supported by each device.  Each capability will be enumerated via a line
     in the following format:

         cap 10[40] = PCI-Express 1 root port

     The first value after the ``cap'' prefix is the capability ID in
     hexadecimal.  The second value in the square brackets is the offset of
     the capability in config space in hexadecimal.  The format of the text
     after the equals sign is capability-specific.

     If the -v option is supplied, pciconf will attempt to load the
     vendor/device information database, and print vendor, device, class and
     subclass identification strings for each device.

     All invocations of pciconf except for -l require a selector of the form
     pcidomain:bus:device:function, pcibus:device:function, or pcibus:device.
     In case of an abrigded form, omitted selector components are assumed to
     be 0.  An optional leading device name followed by @ and an optional
     final colon will be ignored; this is so that the first column in the
     output of pciconf -l can be used without modification.  All numbers are
     base 10.

     With the -a flag, pciconf determines whether any driver has been assigned
     to the device identified by selector.  An exit status of zero indicates
     that the device has a driver; non-zero indicates that it does not.

     The -r option reads a configuration space register at byte offset addr of
     device selector and prints out its value in hexadecimal.  The optional
     second address addr2 specifies a range to read.  The -w option writes the
     value into a configuration space register at byte offset addr of device
     selector.  For both operations, the flags -b and -h select the width of
     the operation; -b indicates a byte operation, and -h indicates a halfword
     (two-byte) operation.  The default is to read or write a longword (four

     The PCI vendor/device information database is normally read from
     /usr/share/misc/pci_vendors.  This path can be overridden by setting the
     environment variable PCICONF_VENDOR_DATABASE.

     ioctl(2), devinfo(8), kldload(8)

     The pciconf utility appeared first in FreeBSD 2.2.  The -a option was
     added for PCI KLD support in FreeBSD 3.0.

     The pciconf utility was written by Stefan Esser and Garrett Wollman.

     The -b and -h options are implemented in pciconf, but not in the
     underlying ioctl(2).

     It might be useful to give non-root users access to the -a and -r
     options.  But only root will be able to execute a kldload to provide the
     device with a driver KLD, and reading of configuration space registers
     may cause a failure in badly designed PCI chips.

FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE        November 27, 2007       FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE


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