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Old 01-07-2012, 06:52 AM   #1
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Blink LED from user or kernel space?


I have an LED hanging off a GPIO device (via I2C) that is capable of turning ON/OFF an LED. I use ioctl() commands from user space to kernel space to control the LED state, using the kernel's SMBUS APIs to communicate over I2C to program the GPIO device.

Now I want to blink the LED. Is it better/less intrusive to control the LED blink state (ON/OFF) from user space or kernel space? If I have a high blink rate, do I want to be repeatedly be sending LED change state commands from user kernel via ioctl, or can I somehow use kernel work queues to invoke the desired blink rate behavior (send a single ioctl from user space to kernel that contains blink rate information, then let the kernel handle the rest... with the ioctl() returning and not blocking)?

Note I'm somewhat of a embedded Linux newbie, be gentle... ;-)

Thanks folks!
Old 01-10-2012, 03:34 PM   #2
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If you want to save CPU power, a small code that flip LED blink state in kernel space is better than the code in user space. The ioctl from user space to kernel space is expensive.
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I did that using the mini2440 here is a video of it, is this is what you mean?
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