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Old 07-05-2005, 07:34 AM   #1
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Char driver: what's the best way to do...


Hello fellow linux friends!
I am writing a char driver for a stepper motor controller where I need to read an optical encoder and then tell the motor which way to turn. I am using the parallel port and have the basic driver written, but I'm still a little green when it comes to C.
So here's the situation... I need to read the parallel port using interrupts, which I've tested and it works - but the motor will be spinning at 2000 rpm, that means 2000 pulses per second. I've got a 2.4 GHz pentium4 processor so I don't think that'll be an issue. My main question is, since this is a char driver, my main gui application will be accessing the driver as a file using standard file i/o - so whats the best way to read/write to the driver to accomplish this task?

Continuously poll the driver in some kind of loop or is there some better way?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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