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SubjectRe: serial: start_tx & buffer handling
On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 12:04 AM, Greg KH <> wrote:
> On Thu, May 03, 2018 at 08:08:48PM +0530, Muni Sekhar wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I’m trying to understand how user mode buffer is written to low level
>> serial hardware registers.
>> For this I read the kernel code and I came to know that from user mode
>> write() API lands into kernel’s tty_write() ("drivers/tty/tty_io.c")
>> and then it calls a uart_write() ("drivers/tty/serial/serial_core.c").
>> In uart_write(), the buffer is copied to circ_buf and then it calls
>> low level serial hardware driver’s start_tx() (struct uart_ops
>> .start_tx). But here I could not find how the buffer kept in circ_buf
>> is copied to serial port’s TX_FIFO registers?
>> Can someone take a moment to explain me on this?
> It all depends on which specific UART driver you are looking at, they
> all do it a bit different depending on the hardware.
> Which one are you looking at? Look at what the start_tx callback does
> for that specific driver, that should give you a hint as to how data
> starts flowing. Usually an interrupt is enabled that is used to flush
> the buffer out to the hardware.

I’m looking for any existing sample code which does DMA transfers of
UART transmitted data. I looked at the bcm63xx_uart.c, it looks it
does not handle DMA transfers. Even copying the Tx buffer (from
circ_buf) to UART_FIFO_REG happening in ISR.

> thanks,
> greg k-h


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