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If you choose to write a device driver, you must take everything written here as a guide, and no more. I cannot guarantee that this chapter will be free of errors, and I cannot guarantee that you will not damage your computer, even if you follow these instructions exactly. It is highly unlikely that you will damage it, but I cannot guarantee against it. There is only one ``infallible'' direction I can give you: Back up! Back up before you test your new device driver, or you may regret it later.
Quite a few other references are also available on the topic of writing Linux device drivers by now. I put up some (slightly outdated by now, but still worth reading, I think) notes for a talk I gave in May 1995 entitled Writing Linux Device Drivers, which is specifically oriented at character devices implemented as kernel runtime-loadable modules.
Linux Journal has had a long-running series of articles called Kernel Korner which, despite the wacky name, has had quite a bit of useful information on it. Some of the articles from that column may be available on the web; most of them are available for purchase as back issues. One particularly useful series of articles, which focussed in far more detail than my 30 minute talk on the subject of kernel runtime-loadable modules, was in issues 23, 24, 25, 26, and 28. They were written by Alessandro Rubini and Georg v. Zezschwitz. Issue 29 is slated (as of this writing) to have an article on writing network device drivers, written by Alan Cox. Issues 9, 10, and 11 have a series that I wrote on block device drivers.
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