Linux device driver

Kernel module programming

sudo depmod -n -a -F /boot/ 4.3.5-300.fc23.x86_64 > /tmp/m.log
CFLAGS_jc.o := -O2
ccflags-y := -O2


ioremap() and memremap()

kernel module param

attribute ((unused,section (”__param”),aligned(sizeof(void *))))


devm_kfree and devm_kfree does not need for fail case of probe function and for remove function.

Device model

The device model was originally intended to make power management tasks easier - LDD?
Driver porting: Device model overview
Devices in /sys

History of module linkage and loader

ksyms - removed

History: commit d80e0e9b2620f8ec6508d43484bd8300401d0383 (tag: 0.99.14d)
Author: Linus Torvalds
Date: Fri Nov 23 15:09:16 2007 -0500
Import 0.99.14d
+++ b/include/linux/module.h
+ * Dynamic loading of modules into the kernel.
+++ b/kernel/ksyms.S
+ * Herein lies all the functions/variables that are “exported” for linkage
+ * With dynamically loaded kernel modules. Could do with making this a bit
+ * cleaner!
History: commit 75bcc1d5a30e1d2045c3564a668c11dbba5cfe3f (tag: 1.1.0)
Author: Linus Torvalds
Date: Fri Nov 23 15:09:26 2007 -0500
Import 1.1.0
convert ksyms.S to ksyms.c
tglx: commit ff08f6fe935ff0854990421e80d04c39c7c2a15a
Author: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo
Date: Tue Oct 7 17:54:04 2003 -0300
o kernel/ksyms.c: move remaining EXPORT_SYMBOLs, remove this file from the tree
Removing ksyms.c


History: commit f1bbcc4197c4597636782a34ad138a51c40b1efb (tag: 2.1.18)
Author: Linus Torvalds
Date: Fri Nov 23 15:12:47 2007 -0500
Import 2.1.18
+/* Export a symbol either from the kernel or a module.
+ In the kernel, the symbol is added to the kernel’s global symbol table.
+ In a module, it controls which variables are exported. If no
+ variables are explicitly exported, the action is controled by the
+ insmod -[xX] flags. Otherwise, only the variables listed are exported.
+ This obviates the need for the old register_symtab() function. */

In-kernel module loader

tglx: commit aa65be3f456be1ac4359f7fffeb7b4ae3c149419
Author: Rusty Russell
Date: Sun Nov 10 17:08:07 2002 -0800
[PATCH] In-kernel Module Loader
+/* Allocate and load the module */
+static struct module *load_module(void *umod,