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SubjectRe: dummy help on io
Gene Heskett wrote:
> Greetings;
>
> I've ordered the device drivers book from O-Reilly but it will be
> a few days getting here.

Get it online:
http://lwn.net/Kernel/LDD2/

> I'm trying to mod the GPL'd archive PIO.tar.gz, so it will build a
> driver for a pci card with 3 each 82C55's on it, and I *think* I'd
> have it working with the first of the 3 chips if I could figure
> out what to do about using the call "iopl(3);" on installing
> the driver, and conversely an "iopl(0);" at rmmod time.

Where is that coming from? I don't see it in the tarball
or the web site (if I'm looking at the right place).
http://ieee.uow.edu.au/~daniel/software/robotd/

> I'm told this is required to gain access perms to addresses above
> 0x3FF. The call "ioperm" is used below that I've been told.

iopl() and ioperm() are userspace calls that call (g)libc.
The kernel doesn't call them.

> Unforch, an "insmod PIO io=0xf100" (where the card is addressed
> at currently) is spitting out an "unresolved symbol" error for the
> iopl call.
>
> Being a rank beginner at "pc" hardware, can someone give me a
> checklist of things I've probably left out please?

Can you put the iopl() call into your app instead?
or into a shell script that forks the app (since the iopl
man page says: Permissions are inherited by fork and exec.)

> Kernel is 2.4.25-adeos. With the module "rtai" inserted when emc
> is running for realtime control purposes.
>
> The card is pure hardware, no bios, only address decoding that
> can set the base address anyplace in the first 64k of address
> space in a step of 4 sequence from 0xnn00-0xnn0C for the 4
> ports of chip 1, 0xnn10-1C for chip 2, etc, where the nn is the
> dipswitch setting.


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~Randy
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