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SubjectRe: Help !! calling function in module from a user program
On Tue, 18 Feb 2003, Sudharsan Vijayaraghavan wrote:

> Hi,
> Am a new bee to linux internals.
> I am trying to make a simple program witch will call a function from a
> module. I made a module compiled it and INSMOD-it into kernel, that works
> fine. I would like to call from my user program a function defined in my
> kernel module.
> Please suggest any method thro' which this could be accomplished.
> The only way i did it was by running my new module as insmod mymodule.o and
> get my job done.
> Thanks,
> Sudharsan.

Unix/Linux uses open() close() read() write() and ioctl() (plus a few
others) to interface with modules or any kind of driver. To 'call' some
module function from user-mode, you impliment open() and close(). That
will provide a file-descriptor for subsequent operations. Then you
impliment either read() write() or ioctl() or all, whichever is
most appropriate for the function your module is going to provide.

You never 'call' a kernel function directly from user-mode. One of
the kernel's primary functions is to make this impossible. Kernel
code is protected from direct user-mode access.

Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version 2.4.18 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).
Why is the government concerned about the lunatic fringe? Think about it.

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