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reader.conf(5) [suse man page]

READER.CONF(5)							    PC/SC Lite							    READER.CONF(5)

reader.conf - configuration file for pcscd readers' drivers DESCRIPTION
The /etc/reader.conf file contains configuration information for serial and (some) PCMCIA smart card readers. USB readers SHALL NOT be configured using this file. pcscd uses another mechanism to automatically load USB drivers. SYNTAX
The /etc/reader.conf is a regular text file. Each reader must be defined by four fields: FRIENDLYNAME TEXT_STRING DEVICENAME FILENAME LIBPATH FILENAME CHANNELID NUMBER The "FRIENDLYNAME" field is an arbitrary text used to identify the reader. This text is displayed by commands like pcsc_scan(1) that prints the names of all the connected and detected readers. The "DEVICENAME" field was not used for old drivers (using the IFD handler version 2.0 or earlier). It is now (IFD handler version 3.0) used to identify the physical port on which the reader is connected. This is the device name of this port. It is dependent of the OS ker- nel. The first serial port device is called /dev/ttyS0 under Linux and /dev/cuaa0 under FreeBSD. The "LIBPATH" field is the filename of the driver code. The driver is a dynamically loaded piece of code (generally a*file). The "CHANNELID" is no more used for recent drivers (IFD handler 3.0) and has been superseded by "DEVICENAME". If you have an old driver this field is used to indicate the port to use. You should read your driver documentation to know what information is needed here. It should be the serial port number for a serial reader. EXAMPLE
# Gemplus GemPCTwin reader with serial communication # connected to the first serial port FRIENDLYNAME "GemPCTwin serial" DEVICENAME /dev/ttyS0 LIBPATH /usr/lib64/readers/serial/ CHANNELID 1 DEBUGGING
In order to set up your /etc/reader.conf file correctly you may want to have debug messages from pcscd. I recommend you to start pscsd in the foreground and debug mode using: # pcscd --foreground --debug If everything seems OK you can use the pcsc_scan command to print the list of correctly detected readers and try to get the ATR of your smart cards. AUTHOR
Ludovic Rousseau <> SEE ALSO
pcscd(8), pcsc_scan(1) Muscle August 2005 READER.CONF(5)

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PCSCD(8)							    User Manual 							  PCSCD(8)

pcscd - PC/SC Smartcard Daemon SYNOPSIS
pcscd [options] OPTIONS
-a, --apdu log APDUs and SW using the debug method (see -d) -c, --config file Specifies the file file as an alternate location for reader.conf -d, --debug OUTPUT display debug messages. OUTPUT may be: stdout (imply -f), stderr (imply -f), or syslog -f, --foreground Runs pcscd in the foreground (no daemon) -h, --help Displays information about the pcscd command line -v, --version Displays the program version number DESCRIPTION
pcscd is the daemon program for pcsc-lite and musclecard framework. It is a resource manager that coordinates communications with smart- card readers and smart cards and cryptographic tokens that are connected to the system. pcscd is normally started at boot time from /System/Library/StartupItems/SmartCardServices. It allows applications to access smart cards and readers without knowing details of the card or reader. pcscd coordinates the loading of drivers for card readers and plug-ins for different card types. The purpose of pcsc-lite is to provide both a cross compatible API for migrating Windows based PCSC applications to Unix and to provide a pluggable architecture for supporting smartcards and cryptographic tokens through high level API's. At startup, pcscd loads the smart card reader drivers specified in the /etc/reader.conf file (or specified using -c file). When a smart card is inserted into a reader, pcscd uses the ATR string from the card to identify this card. The /usr/libexec/SmartCardSer- vices/services directory contains plug-ins for the card. These plug-ins are searched. If the ATR string matches, the client library loads that plug-in for that token. USB SMART CARD READER DRIVERS
USB Smart card reader drivers are placed in the /usr/libexec/SmartCardServices/drivers directory. Each driver is simply a bundle. The bun- dle contains an XML file Info.plist which is parsed by pcscd. This file contains the vendor and product id of the device. This informa- tion allows pcscd to automatically determine when a reader is inserted or removed. SERIAL SMART CARD READER DRIVERS
Serial Smart card reader drivers are placed in the /usr/libexec/SmartCardServices/drivers directory. Each driver is simply a shared object file. The pcscd locates serial drivers with the /etc/reader.conf file. The file has the following format: # comment FRIENDLYNAME <Descriptive name> DEVICENAME <Short name> LIBPATH <Location of the driver library> CHANNELID <Hexadecimal channel identificator> FRIENDLYNAME is a user-friendly name of the reader that is served by this driver. This name is displayed to the user when necessary. DEVICENAME is a driver specific value. If you do not know this value, GEN_SMART_RDR is a good choice. LIBPATH is the full path to the shared library. CHANNELID is the channel ID for serial-port, smart-card readers. This could vary depending on the driver in which you are using - check the driver README for more information. Some use the following: /dev/ttyS0 (COM1) -> 0x0103F8 or 1 /dev/ttyS1 (COM2) -> 0x0102F8 or 2 /dev/ttyS2 (COM3) -> 0x0103E8 or 3 /dev/ttyS3 (COM4) -> 0x0102E8 or 4 Example: # Configuration file for pcsc-lite FRIENDLYNAME "My Smartcard Reader" DEVICENAME GEN_SMART_RDR LIBPATH /usr/libexec/SmartCardServices/drivers/ CHANNELID 0x0103F8 # End of file Multiple drivers can be listed in /etc/reader.conf. Drivers are available at SMART CARD PLUG-INS pcsc-lite uses plug-ins to handle different types of smart cards. There is a plug-in for each smart-card type. Plug-ins are installed in the /usr/libexec/SmartCardServices/services directory. Plug-ins for cards/tokens are available from the MUSCLE web site http://www.muscle- FILES
/etc/reader.conf : Reader configuration file /System/Library/StartupItems/SmartCardServices : pcscd startup script /var/run/ : process id of the running pcscd /usr/libexec/SmartCardServices/drivers/ : directory containing bundles for USB drivers" BUGS
None known. SEE ALSO
pcsctool(1), AUTHORS
David Corcoran <> and Ludovic Rousseau <> Linux March 2002 PCSCD(8)

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