How to register a user-space function as an interrupt handler ?

Garcia Jérémie GARCIAJ at
Thu May 26 20:09:51 EST 2005

Hi everybody, I'm tryin to adapt a vxWorks-designed application to a Linux montavista 3.1 on a board 
running a powerPC 405 EP. In our application, that will be run from the linux user-space, we connect a
routine to an interrupt vector as the example below:

/* /home/JG/appli/ppcos.c */

RET_CODE_TYPE enable_and_connect_DMA(MY_DMA_CTRL * my_param)

    /* Connect interrupt handler for each channel */
    rc = intConnect((VOIDFUNCPTR *)INT_VEC_DMA, my_handler, (int)my_param);
        /* Enable interrupt for first channel in the interrupt controller */

        rc1 = BS_RET_ERROR;
    return rc1;

What I would like to do is to make an emulation of both vxWorks routines (intConnect() and intEnable()) in the linux world
cause I'm not allowed to change that code.
I guess that I will have to use :
   intConnect() <==> request_irq()
   intEnable()  <==> enable_irq()
(Is that correct??).
Furthermore, I'm a newbie in linux developpment and if I understand well, I need to be in kernel-space to call those routines. 
But here is my problem: the interrupt handler that we call is part of the application and uses a lot of #define,semaphores and other 
ressources of the user-application. So can I implement a new linux system call, that will register our user-space-function (my_handler())
as the interrupt handler for the given vector?? Indeed, we do that for several interrupts (each with a different handler) and it would
be comfortable to have a system call that would take (the handler + the interrupt vector + the parameters) as parameters.
Don't forget that I have to respect two conditions: my application must be run from user-space and I cannot modify the 
code (my team does not want to support versions).

Please help or give me a clue.

Thanks for your precious help.

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