Manual Reference Pages - DEVCTL (4)
- device event reporting and device control interface
device is used to report device events from the kernel.
Future versions will allow for some device control as well.
This design allows only one reader for
This is not desirable
in the long run, but will get a lot of hair out of this implementation.
Maybe we should make this device a clonable device.
Also note: we specifically do not attach a device to the
to avoid potential chicken and egg problems.
One could argue that all of this belongs to the root node.
One could also further argue that the
interface that we have now might more properly be an
support is included in the driver.
However, the author is not sure that the
support is done correctly.
It was copied from a driver that had
support that likely has not been
.Fx 2.2.8 !
The read channel for this device is used to report changes to
userland in realtime.
We return one record at a time.
If you try to read this device a character at a time, you will lose
the rest of the data.
Listening programs are expected to cope.
can be used to control queue length. It is set to 0 to disable
The driver returns one record at a time to its readers.
Each record is terminated with a newline.
The first character of the record is the event type.
! A notify event, such as a link state change.
+ Device node in tree attached.
- Device node in tree detached.
? Unknown device detected.
Except for the first character in the record, attach and detach
messages have the same format.
| T + or -
dev The device name that was attached/detached.
parent The device name of the parent bus that attached the device.
location Bus specific location information.
The nomatch messages can be used to load devices driver.
If you load a device driver, then one of two things can happen.
If the device driver attaches to something, you will get a device
If it does not, then nothing will happen.
The attach and detach messages arrive after the event.
This means one cannot use the attach message to load an alternate
The attach message driver has already claimed this device.
One cannot use the detach messages to flush data to the device.
The device is already gone.
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