RFC: Fixing USB ethernet for FreeBSD 7.0.

Hans Petter Selasky hselasky at c2i.net
Fri Dec 1 14:32:35 PST 2006

On Friday 01 December 2006 20:43, Alfred Perlstein wrote:
> * M. Warner Losh <imp at bsdimp.com> [061201 11:30] wrote:
> > Have you looked at the usb work that Hans Petter Selasky
> > at http://www.turbocat.net/~hselasky/usb4bsd yet?
> I just did, while it solves a lock order problem, this doesn't
> appear to solve the programmitic issues, namely multiple usb IOs
> requiring callbacks and how to issue a series of complex usb
> IOs from interrupt context.
> Basically, I need to be able to do USB IO as if I was doing normal
> BUS IO, usb does not offer this in interrupt context except as a
> series of callbacks that appear to be programmatically impossible
> to implement.

Yes, yes, this is supported. See the USBD_USE_POLLING flag.

> Have a look at if_aue.c, then look at any of the error cases that
> might be called from interrupt context, they wind up doing sync IO
> to the device which is illegal (sleeping while holding a driver
> lock).
> Hans Petter Selasky's work is nice, however it doesn't solve
> these issues, the lock would still have to be held.

You don't want to do things without holding a lock.

> Do you understand that I'm trying to give usb ethernet the
> same ease of programming that other devices on a "fast bus"
> have?

Yes, but that comes at an expense. Higher CPU usage, more delay.


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