reader.conf - configuration file for pcscd readers' drivers
file contains configuration
information for serial and (some) PCMCIA smart card readers.
USB readers SHALL NOT be configured using this file. pcscd
mechanism to automatically load USB drivers.
is a regular text file. Each reader
must be defined by four fields:
The "FRIENDLYNAME" field is an arbitrary text used to identify the
reader. This text is displayed by commands like pcsc_scan
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 kernel. The first serial
port device is called /dev/ttyS0
under Linux and /dev/cuaa0
The "LIBPATH" field is the filename of the driver code. The driver is
a dynamically loaded piece of code (generally a drivername.so*
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and has been superseded by "DEVICENAME".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.
# Gemplus GemPCTwin reader with serial communication
# connected to the first serial port
FRIENDLYNAME "GemPCTwin serial"
In order to set up your /etc/reader.conf.d/reader.conf
file correctly you
may want to have debug messages from pcscd
. I recommend you to start
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.
Ludovic Rousseau <firstname.lastname@example.org>