Driver for device behind a PCI-VME bridge

Johan Borkhuis j.borkhuis at
Mon Aug 20 18:45:30 EST 2007

Hello Konstantin,

Konstantin Boyanov wrote:
> Hi list,
> I'm currently reading the LDD 3rd Edition and trying to create a 
> device driver for a custom device located on VME bus. I have already 
> linux 2.6.15 running on the master board, as well as the device driver 
> for the PCI-VME bridge. The main problem I have is understanding how 
> to "attach" my driver for the custom device to the bridge device driver.
> The bridge device driver is implemented as a class, i.e. doesn't 
> define a new bus type. Should I define a new class for my driver, or 
> should I connect it somehow to the existing one (maybe by something as 
> "subclass")?
> All I want to do is to redirect I/O reads and writes to the VME bus, 
> but I got no clue as to how to use the existing VME bridge driver for 
> this purpose. After I get through this I think all other things (VME 
> interrupt registration & handling, etc.) will be straightforward.
> The LDD 3rd book states that defining a new bus type is the last thing 
> one would like to do, instead defining a class is far better approach. 
> Why is that?
> Any recommendations and sharing of practical experience are highly 
> appreciated.
I am also working on a VME-board. What I did was use mmap to map 
specific parts of the VME-memory into user space.

BTW: what kind of board and Linux-flavor are you using?

Kind regards,
    Johan Borkhuis

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