[alsa-devel] [RFC] tty (or char) bus?

Samuel Thibault samuel.thibault at ens-lyon.org
Fri Jul 17 19:54:28 CEST 2009


Janusz Krzysztofik, le Tue 14 Jul 2009 17:31:23 +0200, a écrit :
> In my attempt to add support for contols to a voice modem codec sound 
> device driver, I found that in order to talk to the modem, it would be 
> convenient if I can get access to a tty device from inside the kernel in 
> a way similiar to that available form userspace.

I agree.

> AFAICS, even if tty lowlevel write() could be used unmodified, a
> convenient way of reading characters from a tty is missing and should
> be implemented in a line discipline. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Have you seen the receive_buf line discipline hook?  Indeed it's not a
read() operation as from userland, but at least you can get the data
from the tty that way.

> OTOH, I found that some kind of abstraction layer for acccessing devices 
> over a tty could be convenient. Instead of allocating a new line 
> discipline for each specific device, sometimes found on a specific board 
> only, why not just create a new bus type?

I'd tend to agree with you, as I also have a use case for that: braille
& speech synthesis devices.  However for now I haven't found a really
convincing argument why line disciplines aren't enough.


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