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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for ugen (netbsd section 4)

UGEN(4) 			   BSD Kernel Interfaces Manual 			  UGEN(4)

     ugen -- USB generic device support

     ugen* at uhub? flags N

     The ugen driver provides support for all USB devices that do not have a special driver.  It
     supports access to all parts of the device, but not in a way that is as convenient as a spe-
     cial purpose driver.

     Normally the ugen driver is used when no other driver attaches to a device.  If ``flags 1''
     is specified, the ugen will instead attach with a very high priority and always be used.
     Together with the vendor and product locators this can be used to force the ugen driver to
     be used for a certain device.

     There can be up to 127 USB devices connected to a USB bus.  Each USB device can have up to
     16 endpoints.  Each of these endpoints will communicate in one of four different modes: con-
     trol, isochronous, bulk, or interrupt.  Each of the endpoints will have a different device
     node.  The four least significant bits in the minor device number determines which endpoint
     the device accesses and the rest of the bits determines which USB device.

     If an endpoint address is used both for input and output the device can be opened for both
     read or write.

     To find out what endpoints exist there are a series of ioctl(2) operations on the control
     endpoint that return the USB descriptors of the device, configurations, interfaces, and end-

     The control transfer mode can only happen on the control endpoint which is always endpoint
     0.  The control endpoint accepts requests and may respond with an answer to such requests.
     Control requests are issued by ioctl(2) calls.

     The bulk transfer mode can be in or out depending on the endpoint.  To perform IO on a bulk
     endpoint read(2) and write(2) should be used.  All IO operations on a bulk endpoint are nor-
     mally unbuffered.	The USB_SET_BULK_RA and USB_SET_BULK_WB ioctl(2) calls enable read-ahead
     and write-behind buffering, respectively.	This buffering supports fixed-sized USB transfers
     and is intended for devices with regular and continuing data transfers.  When read-ahead or
     write-behind are enabled, the file descriptor may be set to use non-blocking IO.

     When in a read-ahead/writeback mode, select(2) for read and write operates normally, return-
     ing true if there is data in the read buffer and space in the write buffer, respectively.
     When not, select(2) always returns true, because there is no way to predict how the device
     will respond to a read or write request.

     The interrupt transfer mode can be in or out depending on the endpoint.  To perform IO on an
     interrupt endpoint read(2) and write(2) should be used.  A moderate amount of buffering is
     done by the driver.

     All endpoints handle the following ioctl(2) calls:

	     Allow short read transfer.  Normally a transfer from the device which is shorter
	     than the request specified is reported as an error.
     USB_SET_TIMEOUT (int)
	     Set the timeout on the device operations, the time is specified in milliseconds.
	     The value 0 is used to indicate that there is no timeout.

     The control endpoint (endpoint 0) handles the following ioctl(2) calls:

     USB_GET_CONFIG (int)
	     Get the device configuration number.
     USB_SET_CONFIG (int)
	     Set the device into the given configuration number.

	     This operation can only be performed when the control endpoint is the sole open end-
     USB_GET_ALTINTERFACE (struct usb_alt_interface)
	     Get the alternative setting number for the interface with the given index.  The
	     config_index is ignored in this call.

	     struct usb_alt_interface {
		     int     uai_config_index;
		     int     uai_interface_index;
		     int     uai_alt_no;
     USB_SET_ALTINTERFACE (struct usb_alt_interface)
	     Set the alternative setting to the given number in the interface with the given
	     index.  The uai_config_index is ignored in this call.

	     This operation can only be performed when no endpoints for the interface are open.
     USB_GET_NO_ALT (struct usb_alt_interface)
	     Return the number of different alternate settings in the aui_alt_no field.
     USB_GET_DEVICE_DESC (usb_device_descriptor_t)
	     Return the device descriptor.
     USB_GET_CONFIG_DESC (struct usb_config_desc)
	     Return the descriptor for the configuration with the given index.	For convenience
	     the current configuration can be specified by USB_CURRENT_CONFIG_INDEX.

	     struct usb_config_desc {
		     int     ucd_config_index;
		     usb_config_descriptor_t ucd_desc;
     USB_GET_INTERFACE_DESC (struct usb_interface_desc)
	     Return the interface descriptor for an interface specified by its configuration
	     index, interface index, and alternative index.  For convenience the current alterna-
	     tive can be specified by USB_CURRENT_ALT_INDEX.

	     struct usb_interface_desc {
		     int     uid_config_index;
		     int     uid_interface_index;
		     int     uid_alt_index;
		     usb_interface_descriptor_t uid_desc;
     USB_GET_ENDPOINT_DESC (struct usb_endpoint_desc)
	     Return the endpoint descriptor for the endpoint specified by its configuration
	     index, interface index, alternative index, and endpoint index.

	     struct usb_endpoint_desc {
		     int     ued_config_index;
		     int     ued_interface_index;
		     int     ued_alt_index;
		     int     ued_endpoint_index;
		     usb_endpoint_descriptor_t ued_desc;
     USB_GET_FULL_DESC (struct usb_full_desc)
	     Return all the descriptors for the given configuration.

	     struct usb_full_desc {
		     int     ufd_config_index;
		     u_int   ufd_size;
		     u_char  *ufd_data;
	     The ufd_data field should point to a memory area of the size given in the ufd_size
	     field.  The proper size can be determined by first issuing a USB_GET_CONFIG_DESC and
	     inspecting the wTotalLength field.
     USB_GET_STRING_DESC (struct usb_string_desc)
	     Get a string descriptor for the given language id and string index.

	     struct usb_string_desc {
		     int     usd_string_index;
		     int     usd_language_id;
		     usb_string_descriptor_t usd_desc;
	     Send a USB request to the device on the control endpoint.	Any data sent to/from the
	     device is located at data.  The size of the transferred data is determined from the
	     request.  The ucr_addr field is ignored in this call.  The ucr_flags field can be
	     used to flag that the request is allowed to be shorter than the requested size, and
	     the ucr_actlen field will contain the actual size on completion.

	     struct usb_ctl_request {
		     int     ucr_addr;
		     usb_device_request_t ucr_request;
		     void    *ucr_data;
		     int     ucr_flags;
	     #define USBD_SHORT_XFER_OK      0x04    /* allow short reads */
		     int     ucr_actlen;	     /* actual length transferred */
	     This is a dangerous operation in that it can perform arbitrary operations on the
	     device.  Some of the most dangerous (e.g., changing the device address) are not
     USB_GET_DEVICEINFO (struct usb_device_info)
	     Get an information summary for the device.  This call will not issue any USB trans-

     Bulk endpoints handle the following ioctl(2) calls:

     USB_SET_BULK_RA (int)
	     Enable or disable bulk read-ahead.  When enabled, the driver will begin to read data
	     from the device into a buffer, and will perform reads from the device whenever there
	     is room in the buffer.  The read(2) call will read data from this buffer, blocking
	     if necessary until there is enough data to read the length of data requested.  The
	     buffer size and the read request length can be set by the USB_SET_BULK_RA_OPT
	     ioctl(2) call.
     USB_SET_BULK_WB (int)
	     Enable or disable bulk write-behind.  When enabled, the driver will buffer data from
	     the write(2) call before writing it to the device, enabling the write(2) call to
	     return immediately.  write(2) will block if there is not enough room in the buffer
	     for all the data.	The buffer size and the write request length can be set by the
	     USB_SET_BULK_WB_OPT ioctl(2) call.
     USB_SET_BULK_RA_OPT (struct usb_bulk_ra_wb_opt)
	     Set the size of the buffer and the length of the read requests used by the driver
	     when bulk read-ahead is enabled.  The changes do not take effect until the next time
	     bulk read-ahead is enabled.  Read requests are made for the length specified, and
	     the host controller driver (i.e., ehci(4), ohci(4), and uhci(4)) will perform as
	     many bus transfers as required.  If transfers from the device should be smaller than
	     the maximum length, ra_wb_request_size must be set to the required length.

	     struct usb_bulk_ra_wb_opt {
		     u_int   ra_wb_buffer_size;
		     u_int   ra_wb_request_size;
     USB_SET_BULK_WB_OPT (struct usb_bulk_ra_wb_opt)
	     Set the size of the buffer and the length of the write requests used by the driver
	     when bulk write-behind is enabled.  The changes do not take effect until the next
	     time bulk write-behind is enabled.

     Note that there are two different ways of addressing configurations, interfaces, alterna-
     tives, and endpoints: by index or by number.  The index is the ordinal number (starting from
     0) of the descriptor as presented by the device.  The number is the respective number of the
     entity as found in its descriptor.  Enumeration of descriptors use the index, getting and
     setting typically uses numbers.

     Example: All endpoints (except the control endpoint) for the current configuration can be
     found by iterating the interface_index from 0 to config_desc->bNumInterface-1 and for each
     of these iterating the endpoint_index from 0 to interface_desc->bNumEndpoints.  The
     config_index should set to USB_CURRENT_CONFIG_INDEX and alt_index should be set to

     /dev/ugenN.EE		       Endpoint EE of device N.


     The ugen driver appeared in NetBSD 1.4.

BSD					December 23, 2009				      BSD

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