SYSFS: need a noncaching read
michael at ellerman.id.au
Wed Sep 12 13:18:11 EST 2007
On Wed, 2007-09-12 at 12:05 +1000, David Gibson wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 11, 2007 at 11:43:17AM +0200, Heiko Schocher wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I have developed a device driver and use the sysFS to export some
> > registers to userspace. I opened the sysFS File for one register and did
> > some reads from this File, but I alwas becoming the same value from the
> > register, whats not OK, because they are changing. So I found out that
> > the sysFS caches the reads ... :-(
> > Is there a way to retrigger the reads (in that way, that the sysFS
> > rereads the values from the driver), without closing and opening the
> > sysFS Files? Or must I better use the ioctl () Driver-interface for
> > exporting these registers?
> > I am asking this, because I must read every 10 ms 2 registers, so
> > doing a open/read/close for reading one registers is a little bit too
> > much overhead.
> > I made a sysFS seek function, which retriggers the read, and that works
> > fine, but I have again 2 syscalls, whats also is not optimal.
> > Or can we make a open () with a (new?)Flag, that informs the sysFS to
> > always reread the values from the underlying driver?
> > Or a new flag in the "struct attribute_group" in include/linux/sysfs.h,
> > which let the sysfs rereading the values?
> This sounds more like sysfs is really not the right interface for
> polling your registers. You would probably be better off having your
> driver export a character device from which the register values could
> be read.
I thought relay(fs) was the trendy way to do this these days?
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