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SubjectRe: How do I choose an arbitrary minor number for my tty device?
Alan Cox wrote:
> Your console driver provides a device method (see kernel/printk.c).
> When /dev/console is opened the kernel iterates the console list looking
> for one with ->device and then calls that method. On success it expects
> the passed int * to contain the minor number to use.

Are you talking about this:

static struct tty_driver *ehv_bc_console_device(struct console *co, int *index)
*index = co->index;

return ehv_bc_driver;

I never really understood this function, but almost everyone does the same
thing, and it seems to work for me. Looking at console_device(), it appears
that all of the xxx_console_device functions are called in order until one of
them returns non-NULL.

How is this related to add_preferred_console()? When I call this function, I
also specify the same index and the name from the struct console device:

static struct console ehv_bc_console = {
.name = "ttyEHV",
.write = ehv_bc_console_write,
.device = ehv_bc_console_device,

add_preferred_console(, ehv_bc_console.index, NULL);

> I suspect in your case you probably want to attach the primary byte
> channel to minor 0 in the driver (and reserve it for that), or some
> similar rule.

Yes, that's a good idea. It does simplify things a lot.

Timur Tabi
Linux kernel developer at Freescale

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