EBC Exercise 26 Device Drivers

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Chapter 8 of the text [1] gives a nice example of a minimal device driver. The purpose of this lab is to implement that driver.

Minimal Device Driver Example


Follow the 5 steps given in section 8.1.4 on page 205. You can get a copy of Listing 8-1 here (ECE497_Listings_for_Embedded_Linux_Primer_Chapter_8). Once finished you will have a file called hello1.c in .../drivers/char/examples and have the kernel configure file and Makefile updated for the new driver. See section 4.4 on page 89 for help with modifying the config files.

Note: There is a typo in Listing 8-2.

If you have created the crossCompileEnv.sh file and sourced it, all you have to do to make the modules is cd to the top of the kernel directory and then:

$ make modules

Mine took a while the first time as it compiles all the modules. The second it only took 31 seconds.

Moving to Beagle

On the beagle edit /lib/modules/2.6.32/modules.dep and add


Then copy the file …/drivers/char/examples/hello1.ko on the host computer to /lib/modules/2.6.32/kernel/drivers/char/examples/ on your Beagle. This can be done with a single command though you may have to mkdir the char/examples directory on the Beagle first.

$ cd …/drivers/char/examples
$ rcp hello1.ko root@beagle:/lib/modules/2.6.32/kernel/drivers/char/examples

Now, on the Beagle, modprobe the module and check the log file.

# /sbin/modprobe hello1
# dmesg | tail -4

You should see your Init message. And then...

# /sbin/modprobe -r hello1
# dmesg | tail -4

should show your Exit message.