[uClinux-dev] uclinux GPIO driver

John Williams jwilliams at itee.uq.edu.au
Tue Mar 25 19:58:06 EST 2003

Hi Garfield,

> Thanks for your message for my question.

That's ok, but it is much better to have this conversation on the 
uclinux-dev mailing list.  That way, in future, other people will also 
benefit from the information.  I have copied this message to the list, 
and set the reply-to field accordingly.

> I am writing a device driver to collect data from GPIO port driven by
> interrupts.

It sounds almost identical to a serial port driver.

> My questions are as follows:
> 1) do you mean that I shall write a driver to treat gpio port as a
> char device?  

Character devices operate on data one peice at a time.  Like a serial 
port, or your device that you are doing.

> could you give me a piece of program regarding this
> point?

I don't have any, but the entire uclinux source tree is there for you to 
look at. Look in /drivers/char, perhaps at mcfserial.c, or something 
similar.  Also, download the excellent book "Linux Device Drivers", by 
Rubini and Corbet.  It's free, and you don't get much better than that.


> 2)in your message, you also suggest that I may not need to write a
> driver in using gpio.  could u explain it in details?

I am not personally familiar with writing uClinux device drivers, 
however everything I have read on this mailing list suggests that what 
you want to do is not difficult.

Your use of interrupts may make it a bit harder, and maybe your only 
choice is to use a proper device driver.  It sounds like your device is 
very similar to a serial port driver.  When the interrupt is received 
you sample the GPIO port and store the value in a buffer.  Your driver 
provides access to that buffer via calls like open() and read().

Your driver must register the interrupt handler (request_irq()), and 
provide the necessary access functions.  There are other things as well, 
but I do not know the details.  The book I told you about will tell you 
what you need to know.



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