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Part I Designing Device Drivers for the Solaris Platform

1.  Overview of Solaris Device Drivers

2.  Solaris Kernel and Device Tree

3.  Multithreading

4.  Properties

5.  Managing Events and Queueing Tasks

6.  Driver Autoconfiguration

Driver Loading and Unloading

Data Structures Required for Drivers

modlinkage Structure

modldrv Structure

dev_ops Structure

cb_ops Structure

Loadable Driver Interfaces

_init() Example

_fini() Example

_info() Example

Device Configuration Concepts

Device Instances and Instance Numbers

Minor Nodes and Minor Numbers

probe() Entry Point

attach() Entry Point

Driver Soft-State Management

Lock Variable and Conditional Variable Initialization

Creating Minor Device Nodes

Deferred Attach

detach() Entry Point

getinfo() Entry Point

Using Device IDs

Registering Device IDs

Registering a Device-Supplied ID

Registering a Fabricated ID

Unregistering Device IDs

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 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

Part III Building a Device Driver

21.  Compiling, Loading, Packaging, and Testing Drivers

22.  Debugging, Testing, and Tuning Device Drivers

23.  Recommended Coding Practices

Part IV Appendixes

A.  Hardware Overview

B.  Summary of Solaris DDI/DKI Services

C.  Making a Device Driver 64-Bit Ready

D.  Console Frame Buffer Drivers


Driver Loading and Unloading

The system loads driver binary modules from the drv subdirectory of the kernel module directory for autoconfiguration. See Copying the Driver to a Module Directory.

After a module is read into memory with all symbols resolved, the system calls the _init(9E) entry point for that module. The _init() function calls mod_install(9F), which actually loads the module.

Note - During the call to mod_install(), other threads are able to call attach(9E) as soon as mod_install() is called. From a programming standpoint, all _init() initialization must occur before mod_install() is called. If mod_install() fails (that is a nonzero value is returned), then the initialization must be backed out.

Upon successful completion of _init(), the driver is properly registered with the system. At this point, the driver is not actively managing any device. Device management happens as part of device configuration.

The system unloads driver binary modules either to conserve system memory or at the explicit request of a user. Before deleting the driver code and data from memory, the _fini(9E) entry point of the driver is invoked. The driver is unloaded, if and only if _fini() returns success.

The following figure provides a structural overview of a device driver. The shaded area highlights the driver data structures and entry points. The upper half of the shaded area contains data structures and entry points that support driver loading and unloading. The lower half is concerned with driver configuration.

Figure 6-1 Module Loading and Autoconfiguration Entry Points

Diagram shows structures and entry points used in autoconfiguration and module loading.