SYSFS: need a noncaching read

Greg KH greg at
Wed Sep 12 20:01:23 EST 2007

On Wed, Sep 12, 2007 at 07:32:07AM +0200, Robert Schwebel wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 11, 2007 at 11:43:17AM +0200, Heiko Schocher wrote:
> > I have developed a device driver and use the sysFS to export some
> > registers to userspace.
> Uuuh, uggly. Don't do that. Device drivers are there to abstract things,
> not to play around with registers from 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 ... :-(
> Yes, it does. What you can do is close()ing the file handle between
> accesses, which makes it work but is slow.

Do an lseek back to 0 and then re-read, you will get called in your
driver again.

Not that this is a good thing to do for this kind of thing, as others
have already said.


greg k-h

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