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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] leds: new class for led devices
On Fri, 2004-09-03 13:54:04 +0900, Kalin KOZHUHAROV <>
wrote in message <ch8tdd$1uf$>:
> John Lenz wrote:
> >This is an attempt to provide an alternative to the current arm
> >specific led interface. This arm interface does not integrate well
> >with the device model and sysfs.
> I am just curious, but what specific hardware devices can be controlled
> with this?

For example, the smaller VAX computers offer 8 LEDs which show system
status during IPL. After boot finished, the OS may use them...

> >function : a read/write attribute that sets the current function of
> > timer : the led blinks on and off on a timer
> > idle : the led turns off when the system is idle and on when not idle
> > power : the led represents the current power state
> > user : the led is controlled by user space

Is idle/timer/power hardware-controlled (eg. by a secondary processor,
direct chipset implementation) or is switching on/off controlled by
kernel (eg. heartbeat, IO and ethernet for the LEDs you can find on some
PA-RISC machines)?


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