[parisc-linux] Re: E55 status - THE DRIVER !
26 Nov 2001 00:45:06 -0700
On Wed, 2001-11-21 at 12:16, Christoph Plattner wrote:
> Hello again,
> Are you able to write the drivers ?
Not sure, but we will find out :)
> Do you have the documentation for that ?
Depends on if I can find it. A lot of this older documentation I have
not been able to locate *sigh*. I have not spent much time looking for
it yet, because I have not started on the drivers yet. The only driver
I have started on was the MUX driver, and I was unable to locate
documenation so far, but I have not given up yet.
> I have problems with my spare time, but I am also interested in writing
> drivers (especially for my machine !)
> Which drivers will you write ?
> MUX ?, SCSI ? (parallel port ?)
I have a bunch of cards, so pick one that you want to work on, and I can
start on a different one. I've been working on the MUX lately, but with
your PDC patch, I'm kinda leaning towards the skunk or wizard scsi
card. I have a stack of cards that to work on, so feel free to grab the
one that suits your fancy :)
> Ryan Bradetich wrote:
> > Hello Christoph,
> > I have integrated your patch into my tree, and have been testing out the
> > patch on my C200+ and the K460. With the PDC console patch, I do get to
> > the console on the K460 which is great news. I am still going to work
> > on the driver for the actual hardware (in my case the Eole CAP/MUX, and
> > in your case the Sahp Baat Kiuh AP/MUX), but this is a nice work around
> > until that work is finished.
> > When integrating your patch into my tree, I made the following changes:
> > * Dropped the LCD support.
> > I do not understand this portion of the code very well, and it had
> > some uglyness that made me feel uneasy to commit to the tree. Someone
> > else should look at this and integrate it properly.
> > * Renamed the pdc_drv to pdc_console.
> > Just seemed more accurate to me .. I am open for other opinions
> > on this.
> > * Added the configure option and help text for the PDC software console.
> > * Inegerated CONFIG_PDC_CONSOLE into the drivers/char/Makefile.
> > * Integrated CONFIG_PDC_CONSOLE into arch/parisc/kernel/pdc_cons.c and
> > performed some minor cleanups.
> > * probably other things I've forgotten :)
> > Overall I though the patch looked great, but I still have 1 concern left
> > and that is about the major number.
> > According to Documentation/devices.txt major number 30 is reserved for:
> > 30 char iBCS-2 compatibility devices
> > I understand about --><-- much about how major numbers are handled and I
> > know this is a topic of debate among the main stream kernel developers.
> > If we ever want to move this driver into the mainstream kernel this
> > issue will probably need to be resolved ... and I have no idea on how to
> > proceed. Maybe others on this list will have an idea, or when the time
> > comes we will need to address this on the lkml. Before I commit this
> > patch to the CVS repository, I'd like to get some concensus on this list
> > about what is right. (ie for the debian installer to work with this
> > device, /dev/ttyB0 will need to be added to the MAKEDEV package, etc).
> > Anyways the patch is available for feedback at:
> > ftp://ftp.parisc-linux.org/patches/pdc_console.diff
> > I am still working on testing this driver ... I would be very happy to
> > see install the K460 using the debian installer using this patch. I am
> > currently working on making that happen.
> > Thanks,
> > - Ryan
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