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A collection of classic computer science books from Internet - lancetw/ebook A guide to programming Linux kernel Description: An excellent guide for anyone wishing to get started on kernel module. Writing your first. Linux kernel module. Praktikum Kernel Programming the manual. ○ Documentation #include linux/module.h>. #include linux/init.h>.

This step is not necessary under the bone70 build.

A Warning! It is very easy to crash the system when you are writing and testing LKMs. It is always possible that such a system crash could corrupt your file system — it is unlikely, but it is possible.

Performing a sudo reboot, or pressing the reset button on the BeagleBone will usually put everything back in order.

No BeagleBones were corrupted in the writing of these articles despite many, many system crashes! The Module Code The run-time life cycle of a typical computer program is reasonably straightforward.

A loader allocates memory for the program, then loads the program and any required shared libraries. On program exit, the operating system identifies any memory leaks and frees lost memory to the pool.

A kernel module is not an application — for a start there is no main function! Some of the key differences are that kernel modules: do not execute sequentially— a kernel module registers itself to handle requests using its initialization function, which runs and then terminates. The type of requests that it can handle are defined within the module code. This is quite similar to the event-driven programming model that is commonly utilized in graphical-user interface GUI applications.

The kernel module lives and runs in kernel space, which has its own memory address space. The interface between kernel space and user space is clearly defined and controlled.

The example code from LDD for the scull driver that you have to study for this assignment was updated to work with kernel 4. The files that you can use as a starting point for you kernel module can be found here.


Its purpose is to give the kernel a consistent interface to the type of hardware it "drives". This way the kernel can communicate with all hardware of a given type through the same interface, even though the actual hardware differs. In this assignment we will not interface to hardware because of the complexity this would impose. Instead we will make two processes communicate trough a device driver. The figure below illustrates how the driver should work.

Writing a Linux Kernel Module — Part 1: Introduction

Basically it solves the producer-consumer problem. Here the two processes can be both producers and consumers.

This resembles the functionality of a real hardware device driver, where both the hardware and the kernel can produce and consume data. In the code from LDD there is an example pipe. The difference is that only one character device has been used one minor. This means that the data you write to it can be read back from the same device. Requirements The requirements are: Your module has to be made for kernel 4.

Several processes at a time must be able to open each device for reading, only one process at the time should be able to open a device for writing.

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Simple device control has to be possible via the ioctl system call. Implement i. A simple blocking mechanism has to be implemented see Chapter 6 of LDD, page ff. You could for example consider to put processes to sleep using simple sleeping see the LDD book , if too many processes want to read from the buffer.

Then you could use ioctl to wake these processes up. However, this is just a suggestion, any reasonable simple mechanism where sleeping is used is fine. The device should support multiple processes executing simultaneously in the device driver at the same time.

As this could lead to race conditions and other problems, you should use semaphores or other synchronisation methods to avoid potential problems.

This is not required: Backward compatibility.

The module does only have to be compatible with kernel 4. Poll, select and asynchronous notification support see Chapter 6 of LDD. Attacking the Problem The hardest part of most kernel programming is to understand the environment that your code should run in. Therefore, most of your time should be spent studying how character devices work. This will minimize the testing and debugging phase.

The Driver

Recommended is to start with reading the first chapters of LDD. Here is a starting point for your implementation: Compiling and inserting a simple module Create a working directory for your project as a subdirectory of the directory dm, that you created for installing UML.

Now you can compile the module by running make. Start the UML kernel. Create the necessary devices and insert the module by executing.

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It has almost empty declarations of all the functions that you need to modify in order to complete this assignment. This driver is explained in detail in LDD, especially pages ff. The source code including the necessary script to load and unload the driver can be found here. Study this example thoroughly, especially pipe. The report must be short and precise maximum 10 pages, English language, without source code. Remember that you must prove that you have understood the problems and solutions.

It must include the following: A small introduction. A description of the design decisions you have made.During the session you should also perform all or some of the tests that you described in your report and show that device control via ioctl is possible.

In this straightforward example we simply want to tell CMake to: specify the desired build environment including the compiler include directories think GCC -I the compiler flags -Wall, etc. This is not required: Backward compatibility.

Linux and Unix. Talking To Device Files Modules Spanning Multiple Files Share this link with a friend: Note also that the structure of the code assumes that the first read call give a buffer size large enough to handle the output. This feature, called "kext signing", is enabled by default and it instructs the kernel to stop booting if unsigned kernel extensions are present.

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