[PATCH] drivers: create a pin control subsystem v8
grant.likely at secretlab.ca
Mon Oct 24 11:05:18 UTC 2011
On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 09:48:19AM +0200, Linus Walleij wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 9:36 AM, Grant Likely <grant.likely at secretlab.ca> wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 09:26:38AM +0200, Linus Walleij wrote:
> >> I was more thinking along the lines of one device per GPIO controller,
> >> then you ioctl() to ask /dev/gpio0 how many pins it has or so.
> > And there is also the question of whether it is even a good idea to
> > export pinctrl manipulation to userspace.
> The application I've seen is in automatic control.
> I think people do things like connect they GPIO pins to electrical
> relays, plus on top of that they use all the stuff in drivers/staging/iio.
> All that from userspace. Controlling entire factories and industrial
> robots, weapon systems too, I'm afraid.
> The control of these dangerous things runs on a realtime-patched
> kernel, in a single userspace app with a few threads and they have
> done some realtime-tetris scheduling the beast more or less
> manually with SCHED_FIFO. Basically that app is all that runs on
> the board, and its threads take precedence over everything else
> on the system.
> That is the typical beast that is poking around on the GPIO sysfs
... which maybe should be encouraged to use some form of uio driver. :-)
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