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From: Stefan Richter <>
To: Adrian Bunk <>
Cc: "Jaursch, Bill" <>,
Subject: Re: FW: Guidance on resources for User Space Device Drivers on 2.6 kernel
Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2007 13:38:19 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Adrian Bunk wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 05, 2007 at 01:29:23AM -0500, Jaursch, Bill wrote:
>> I have am in the process of writing a driver that is software only.
>> I would like to avoid the caveats of a kernel mode installable module.
> What is "a driver that is software only"
> (all kernel code is also software only...)?
> You must describe what you want to do for people being able to actually 
> help you.

Although "software only" is a wrong term here, it's certainly clear from
context what he meant.  However, what's missing is information about the
kind of device he plans to support.  Is it a USB device or is it sitting
behind a similar bus?  Or is it a device on a local bus like PCI?  In
the latter case, is DMA involved?

>> I found FUSD (, but would like to know
>> if this is a stable project.

This question should be directed to the authors or maintainers of FUSD.
 Note, AFAIU from its documentation, FUSD is not a means to implement
arbitrary kinds of device drivers in userspace.  It allows for "proxying
*device file* callbacks into user-space, allowing *device files* to be
implemented by" userspace programs (emphasis is mine).  I.e. FUSD gives
userspace programs only the ability to supply a character special file
to other userspace programs.  In order to drive real hardware, the FUSD
client would additionally need to access other userspace interfaces of
the kernel, provided by actual kernelspace drivers.
Stefan Richter
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  reply	other threads:[~2007-12-06 12:38 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-12-05  6:29 FW: Guidance on resources for User Space Device Drivers on 2.6 kernel Jaursch, Bill
2007-12-06 11:49 ` Adrian Bunk
2007-12-06 12:38   ` Stefan Richter [this message]
     [not found]     ` <>
2007-12-06 19:29       ` Stefan Richter
2007-12-06 19:33         ` Jaursch, Bill
2007-12-06 12:21 ` Leon Woestenberg

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