Calling PCI Autoconfig again

David Hawkins dwh at
Tue Mar 7 15:32:39 EST 2006

Wyse, Chris wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm working on a board (PPC440GX CPU) that has an FPGA on it.  The FPGA 
> software has a PCI interface.  If I load the FPGA, then boot the Linux 
> kernel, the FPGA is recognized as a device on the PCI bus.  However, I'd 
> like to load the FPGA after the kernel has booted, then run autoconfig 
> again to detect the device.  What's the best way to do this? 
> Please send responses directly to me (in addition to the list), since I 
> am not subscribed to the list.

Hi Chris,

I haven't had to do this, but I've thought about how I might do it.

In compact PCI, you can hot-swap a PCI device, and the Linux host
is supposed to go and re-enumerate the PCI bus. There is a
pci (host-side) hotplug skeleton in the source;


I believe you can do the following;

   - consider the 440GX is a hotplug controller
     (and write a hotplug driver appropriately)
   - when Linux loads the FPGA, the FPGA generates a hotplug
     event, i.e., it just got plugged in
     (I'm not sure what signal is generated, perhaps a
      power-management interrupt PME#?)
   - the 440GX hotplug controller re-enumerates the PCI bus
     and finds the device

I'm sure you can get an idea from the hotplug skeleton what
re-enumeration entails.


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