Re: LANANA: To Pending Device Number Registrants
Helge Hafting (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wed, 16 May 2001 10:29:28 +0200
James Simmons wrote:
> > > I would use write except we use write to draw into the framebuffer. If I
> > > write to the framebuffer with that data the only thing that will happen is
> > > I will get pretty colors on my screen.
> > Yes. And we also use write to send data to printer. So what? Nobody makes
> > you use the same file.
> Well creating a new device wouldn't make linus happen right now. I do
> agree ioctl calls are evil!!!! You only have X amount of them. With write
> you can have infinte amounts of different functions to perform on a
> device. I didn't design fbdev :-( If I did it would have been far
> different. I do plan on some day merging drm and fbdev into one interface. So
> I plan to change this behavior. I like to see this interface ioctl-less
> (is their such a word ???). You mmap to alter buffers. Mmap is much more
> flexiable than write for graphics buffers anyways. You use write to pass
> "data" to the driver.
mmap is fine for a fb, but please don't remove read/write.
I can now do a screendump with "cat /dev/fb/0 > file",
because everything is a file.
and so on seems to be a better approach.
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