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Writing Device Drivers
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Overview of the Character Driver Structure

Figure 15-1 shows data structures and routines that define the structure of a character device driver. Device drivers typically include the following elements:

  • Device-loadable driver section

  • Device configuration section

  • Character driver entry points

The shaded device access section in the following figure illustrates character driver entry points.

Figure 15-1 Character Driver Roadmap
Diagram shows structures and entry points for character device drivers.

Associated with each device driver is a dev_ops(9S) structure, which in turn refers to a cb_ops(9S) structure. These structures contain pointers to the driver entry points:


Note - Some of these entry points can be replaced with nodev(9F) or nulldev(9F) as appropriate.


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