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MODULE=usb-modeswitch
VERSION=1.2.4
SOURCE=$MODULE-$VERSION.tar.bz2
SOURCE_URL=http://www.draisberghof.de/usb_modeswitch
SOURCE_VFY=sha1:d5b55466e186e8ecfbb0b3faa2e77a9dd21b8830
WEB_SITE=http://www.draisberghof.de/usb_modeswitch
ENTERED=20120111
UPDATED=20120827
SHORT="mode switching tool for controlling USB gear"
PSAFE=no
cat << EOF
USB_ModeSwitch is (surprise!) a mode switching tool for controlling "flip flop" (multiple device) USB gear.
More and more USB devices (especially high-speed WAN stuff, based on cell phone chipsets containing that
feature) have their MS Windows drivers onboard; when plugged in for the first time they act like a flash
storage and start installing the driver from there. After installation (and on every consecutive plugging)
the driver switches the mode internally, the storage device vanishes (in most cases), and a new device (like
an USB modem) shows up. Modem maker "Option" calls that feature "ZeroCD (TM)" since it eliminates the need
for shipping a separate driver carrier.
USB_ModeSwitch makes this process easy to handle by taking the important parameters from a configuration file
and doing all the initialization and communication stuff, with heavy help from "libusb".
It is mainly used automatically - via udev events and rules - to do the switch without any user interaction.
But it can also be run as a command line tool, usually when trying to make unknown devices work with it.
EOF
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