pcscd - PC/SC Smart Card Daemon
-a, --apdu log APDUs and SW using the debug method (see --debug). -c, --config file Specifies the file file as an alternate location for /etc/reader.conf. -f, --foreground Runs pcscd in the foreground and sends log messages to stderr instead of syslog(3). -d, --debug use the lowest log level. Any log message of this level or above will be sent to stderr or syslog(3) depending on the use of --foreground. --info use info log level. This is the default log level. --error use error log level. --critical use critical log level. The log levels are ordered as: debug < info < error < critical. Use a log level l will log this level and all the levels above it. -h, --help Displays information about the pcscd command line -v, --version Displays the program version number -H, --hotplug Ask pcscd to rescan the USB buses for added or removed readers and re-read the /etc/reader.conf file to detect added or removed non-USB readers (serial or PCMCIA).
pcscd is the daemon program for pcsc-lite and the 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 /etc/init.d/pcscd. 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.
The purpose of pcsc-lite is to provide a cross compatible API (called winscard) for migrating Windows based PC/SC applications to Unix.
At startup, pcscd loads the smart card reader drivers specified in the /etc/reader.conf file (or specified using --config file).
Smart card reader drivers are placed in the /usr/lib/pcsc/drivers directory. Each driver is simply an .so file. pcscd locates the driver using the /etc/reader.conf file. See the reader.conf(5) manual page for more information. Drivers are available at http://www.musclecard.com/drivers.html.
USB smart card reader drivers are located in /usr/lib/pcsc/drivers directory as a bundle. You shall not add a USB driver in /etc/reader.conf file.
/etc/reader.conf : Reader configuration file
/etc/init.d/pcscd : pcscd startup script
/var/run/pcscd.pid : process id of the running pcscd
/usr/lib/pcsc/drivers : directory containing bundles for USB drivers
bundleTool(8), reader.conf(5), syslog(3)
David Corcoran <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Ludovic Rousseau <email@example.com>
|Muscle||PCSCD (8)||January 2007|