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SubjectRE: devfs + PCI serial card = no extra serial ports
On Sat, Mar 08, 2003 at 11:48 AM, Adam J. Richter wrote:
> [Sorry if this is a duplicate. I sent it about 12 hours ago,
> and it still
> has not appeared on or
> On Fri, Mar 07, 2003, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> >On Fri, Mar 07, 2003 at 02:51:45PM -0800, Bryan Whitehead wrote:
> >> It seems devfsd has an annoying "feature". I bought a PCI
> card to get a
> >> couple (2) more serial ports. The kernel doesn't seem to
> set up the
> >> serial ports at boot, so devfs never creates an entry.
> However, post
> >> boot, since there is no entries, I cannot configure the
> serial ports
> >> with setserial. So basically devfsd = no PCI based serial add on?
> >
> >Yep. This I pointed this out as a flaw to devfs a long, long time
> >(years!) ago, but Richard chose not to listen to me. Personally, I
> >solve this (and other) problems by simply refusing to use devfs.
> >
> > - Ted
> Let me see if I understand the problem. The sitution is
> that you have "stem cell" devices which initially are not defined
> to talk to a particular port, but which are then differentiated
> by a user level program doing ioctls to set the associated IO
> ports, interrupts and even UART types. For example, exactly which
> kernel device is associated with which hardware device is controlled
> by user level software.
> There is nothing in devfs that prevents you from registering
> devfs devices even if they are not yet bound to specific hardware
> (you do not need a sysfs mapping, for example). So, you should be
> able to register /dev/tts/0..N at initialization, where N is the
> maximum number of serial devices you want to support.
> Another approach, which I think provides a little more
> information to users, makes for a more readable /dev tree and should
> make some programs a few cycles faster would be to what my version of
> /dev/loop does (not the one currently in Linus's tree, alas): start by
> just creating /dev/tts/0, and then create /dev/tts/n+1 whenever
> /dev/tts/n is assigned and /dev/tts/n+1 has not already been defined.
> For /dev/loop, it was also useful to have the extra devices unregister
> when the highest number device became undefined (if a device in the
> middle were de-defined, it would not disappear until all higher
> numbered devices were also de-defined).
> Is this the issue, or do I misunderstand?
> Adam J. Richter __ ______________ 575 Oroville Road
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Hi Adam,

The base issue on this one was that the card's PCI info was not in the
table of known serial cards (serial_pci_tbl) in serial.c, so the serial
driver did not detect and register it during system initialization.


Ed Vance edv (at) macrolink (dot) com
Macrolink, Inc. 1500 N. Kellogg Dr Anaheim, CA 92807
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