Subject: Re: help for a first-time driver coder ?
To: Alan C. Horn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Eduardo E. Horvath <email@example.com>
Date: 06/22/1999 08:36:25
On Mon, 21 Jun 1999, Alan C. Horn wrote:
> So, I'm about to attempt to code support for an SBUS ATM card (Fore
> Systems SBA-200 series), under NetBSD/sparc.
I presume you already have the data sheet for that part?
> Does anyone have any tips or pointers towards good information on writing
> drivers ? I picked the sbus to start with, because I was told it's
Compared to PCI or VME? Yes.
> Replies direct please, as I'm not subbed to the list. Apologies if I
> picked the wrong list as well :)
printf() is your friend. Trying to debug with breakpoints is usually
counter productive and leads to extreme frustration.
Try to get the OBP docs so you can play with the H/W directly.
I'll also put in a plug for Chris Drake's _Panic!_ book. While the bits
that describe `adb' are not relevant and it does not cover SPARC V9 it
does have lots of good info about how SPARC CPUs work and tricks to use
A SPARC architecture manual would also be useful.
Eduardo Horvath firstname.lastname@example.org
"I need to find a pithy new quote." -- me