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Part I Designing Device Drivers for the Oracle Solaris Platform

1.  Overview of Oracle Solaris Device Drivers

Device Driver Basics

What Is a Device Driver?

What Is a Device Driver Entry Point?

Device Driver Entry Points

Entry Points Common to All Drivers

Device Access Entry Points

Loadable Module Entry Points

Autoconfiguration Entry Points

Kernel Statistics Entry Points

Power Management Entry Point

Summary of Common Entry Points

Entry Points for Block Device Drivers

Entry Points for Character Device Drivers

Entry Points for STREAMS Device Drivers

Entry Points for Memory Mapped Devices

Entry Points for Network Device Drivers

Entry Points for SCSI HBA Drivers

Entry Points for PC Card Drivers

Considerations in Device Driver Design

DDI/DKI Facilities

Device IDs

Device Properties

Interrupt Handling

Callback Functions

Software State Management

Programmed I/O Device Access

Direct Memory Access (DMA)

Layered Driver Interfaces

Driver Context

Returning Errors

Dynamic Memory Allocation


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 Solaris DDI/DKI Services

C.  Making a Device Driver 64-Bit Ready

D.  Console Frame Buffer Drivers

E.  pci.conf File


Chapter 1

Overview of Oracle Solaris Device Drivers

This chapter gives an overview of Oracle Solaris device drivers. The chapter provides information on the following subjects: