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Part I Designing Device Drivers for the Oracle Solaris Platform

1.  Overview of Oracle Solaris Device Drivers

2.  Oracle Solaris Kernel and Device Tree

3.  Multithreading

4.  Properties

5.  Managing Events and Queueing Tasks

6.  Driver Autoconfiguration

7.  Device Access: Programmed I/O

8.  Interrupt Handlers

9.  Direct Memory Access (DMA)

10.  Mapping Device and Kernel Memory

11.  Device Context Management

12.  Power Management

13.  Hardening Oracle Solaris Drivers

14.  Layered Driver Interface (LDI)

Part II Designing Specific Kinds of Device Drivers

15.  Drivers for Character Devices

16.  Drivers for Block Devices

17.  SCSI Target Drivers

18.  SCSI Host Bus Adapter Drivers

19.  Drivers for Network Devices

20.  USB Drivers

21.  SR-IOV Drivers

Part III Building a Device Driver

22.  Compiling, Loading, Packaging, and Testing Drivers

23.  Debugging, Testing, and Tuning Device Drivers

24.  Recommended Coding Practices

Part IV Appendixes

A.  Hardware Overview

B.  Summary of Oracle Solaris DDI/DKI Services

C.  Making a Device Driver 64-Bit Ready

D.  Console Frame Buffer Drivers

Oracle Solaris Consoles and the Kernel Terminal Emulator

x86 Platform Console Communication

SPARC Platform Console Communication

Console Visual I/O Interfaces

I/O Control Interfaces

Polled I/O Interfaces

Video Mode Change Callback Interface

Implementing the Visual I/O Interfaces in Console Frame Buffer Drivers








Implementing Polled I/O in Console Frame Buffer Drivers

Frame Buffer Specific Configuration Module

The X Window System Frame Buffer Specific DDX Module

Developing, Testing, and Debugging Console Frame Buffer Drivers

Testing the I/O Control Interfaces

Testing the Polled I/O Interfaces

Testing the Video Mode Change Callback Function

Additional Suggestions for Testing Console Frame Buffer Drivers

E.  pci.conf File


Frame Buffer Specific Configuration Module

When the driver-specific fbconfig() module causes a change in resolution or color depth, that fbconfig() module must send an ioctl to the frame buffer driver. This ioctl triggers the frame buffer driver to call the terminal emulator's mode change callback function with the new screen size and depth. The frame buffer driver and the terminal emulator must agree about the video mode at all times. When the frame buffer driver and the terminal emulator do not agree about the video mode, the information on the screen is illegible and meaningless.