[Xenomai] rt_dev_read() vs. rtdm_read()

andrija at stupar.com andrija at stupar.com
Wed Mar 22 21:43:36 CET 2017


I have a user-space RT application reading/writing a device via a RTDM 
driver. I am thinking of moving some timing-critical parts of the 
application to kernel space. Now, as I understand the API documentation, 
if I'm in kernel space and wish to open/close/read/write/ioctl a device, 
I just use the Inter-Driver API instead of the User API, so I would use 
rtdm_open() instead of rt_dev_open(). In both cases the open handler of 
my driver gets called, is this correct? And the same for all the other 
handlers (read, write, etc.)?

If this is so, I am wondering about the behaviour of 
rtdm_copy_from_user() and rtdm_copy_to_user(). I use these in my 
open/close handlers as I expect calls from user space - but what if the 
__user *src argument of rtdm_copy_from_user() is not actually in 
user-space, but in kernel space since it was passed by rtdm_write() not 

Does rtdm_copy_from_user() behave as with a call from user space, or 
does it fail? Is there a way to know whether e.g. my write handler of 
the driver was called by rt_dev_write() or rtdm_write()?

I am asking because I am trying to remove as much overhead as possible 
in a time-critical section of my code to improve latency, hence the idea 
to move some bits to kernel space, and also to see whether I can just 
avoid calling rtdm_copy_from/to_user() if it's an unnecessary operation 
(i.e. just copying from one kernel space address to another).

Thanks for any help,


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