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Re: Controlling an external device with elisp

From: Ed L Cashin
Subject: Re: Controlling an external device with elisp
Date: Mon, 05 May 2003 11:57:27 -0400
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upro <address@hidden> writes:

> Ed L Cashin <address@hidden> writes:
>> No, it's perfectly possible.  The thing is that you can *use* the
>> device from emacs but ultimately talking to hardware is a kernel
>> thing.  Assuming Linux, as your reference to the Coffee mini-HOWTO
>> would suggest, your choices are to ...
>>   * build the circuit to recognize codes you can send using an
>>     existing driver
>>     e.g., you could put the device on your first serial port and
>>     control it from emacs by writing strings like "please turn on the
>>     light" or numbers like 101 to /dev/ttyS0.
>> or
>>   * use IO primitives or write your own driver as suggested in the
>>     Coffee mini-HOWTO
> Are these IO primitives in C? I don't really understand this. 

Yes, in fact, this is where our thread becomes off-topic in  It's linux-specific.  Remember section 3 in the
Coffee mini-HOWTO how they mention ioperm and outb?  It's that kind of

> I prefer the second suggestion, since I have very few knowledge of how
> to build circtios (not to speak of how to recognize signals...)

In that case, your work is mostly in creating a simple driver.  Using
it from emacs will be easy once it's in place.  

Some leads: I hear the O'Reilley book, _Linux Device Drivers_, is good
for learning how to write drivers.  You can also search the kernel
sources for examples of simple device drivers and think about joining
the kernelnewbies mailing list.

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