On Sun, Nov 16, 2003 at 07:46:35PM -0500, Brad Parker wrote:
> Shouldn't someone point out that having a driver read a file is
> very, very wrong and a classic FAQ question?
> Perhaps I'm mistaken but this seems to come up once a year on every port
> list I'm on.
I think it's the first time on this list. In my previous posting I suggested
request_firmware for 2.4.23 / 2.6. For kernels older than this I suggest
arch/i386/kernel/microcode.c as an example for how to easily implement
a character special file.
> Resist the temptation to put code in the driver to access the file
> ps: isn't hotplug already setup to notice when a device comes up and to
> have a shell script run? it's bad enough that the hotplug code runs a
> shell script from the kernel. I can't believe that got through...
> (and if you have time, go read the plan 9 design docs. then ask yourself
> what those guys would do :-)
2.6 certainly is quite a bit more plan 9-ish. What would you expect from
Al Viro :-)