parallel port access?

Suchandra Thapa ssthapa at
Thu Dec 7 09:26:19 CET 2000

Curtis Jensen <cjensen at> wrote:
>There has been so many questiona about sieral and parallel port access
>throuhg Python.  How come it hasn't been put into the distrabution?  I
>realize that it is platform specific, but so are other things that are
>in Python.  Or even put it in as a platform specific module like the gl

    The parallel port and serial port controls are really platform specific.
Windows has a standard serial interface but for the parallel interface,
windows 98 allows direct access but nt requires a kernel driver.  Unix systems
probably have there own oddities ranging from non-pc machines which may not 
have a parallel or serial port to whatever access mechanisms linux/*BSD/HURD
have.  The task would probably come fairly close to writing a new driver 
for each platform.

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