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Chapter 10. ISA Device Drivers
ISA Device Drivers
This chapter introduces the issues relevant to writing a driver for an ISA device. The pseudo-code presented here is rather detailed and reminiscent of the real code but is still only pseudo-code. It avoids the details irrelevant to the subject of the discussion. The real-life examples can be found in the source code of real drivers. In particular the drivers `ep` and `aha` are good sources of information.
Basic Information
A typical ISA driver would need the following include files:
#include <sys/module.h>
#include <sys/bus.h>
#include <machine/bus.h>
#include <machine/resource.h>
#include <sys/rman.h>
#include <isa/isavar.h>
#include <isa/pnpvar.h>
They describe the things specific to the ISA and generic bus subsystem.
The bus subsystem is implemented in an object-oriented fashion, its main structures are accessed by associated method functions.
The list of bus methods implemented by an ISA driver is like one for any other bus. For a hypothetical driver named "xxx" they would be:
`static void xxx_isa_identify (driver_t *, device_t);` Normally used for bus drivers, not device drivers. But for ISA devices this method may have special use: if the device provides some device-specific (non-PnP) way to auto-detect devices this routine may implement it.
`static int xxx_isa_probe (device_t dev);` Probe for a device at a known (or PnP) location. This routine can also accommodate device-specific auto-detection of parameters for partially configured devices.
`static int xxx_isa_attach (device_t dev);` Attach and initialize device.
`static int xxx_isa_detach (device_t dev);` Detach device before unloading the driver module.
`static int xxx_isa_shutdown (device_t dev);` Execute shutdown of the device before system shutdown.
`static int xxx_isa_suspend (device_t dev);` Suspend the device before the system goes to the power-save state. May also abort transition to the power-save state.
`static int xxx_isa_resume (device_t dev);` Resume the device activity after return from power-save state.
`xxx_isa_probe()` and `xxx_isa_attach()` are mandatory, the rest of the routines are optional, depending on the device's needs.
The driver is linked to the system with the following set of descriptions.