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This module is a very simple fake I2C/SMBus driver. It implements four
types of SMBus commands: write quick, (r/w) byte, (r/w) byte data, and
(r/w) word data.
You need to provide chip addresses as a module parameter when loading this
driver, which will then only react to SMBus commands to these addresses.
No hardware is needed nor associated with this module. It will accept write
quick commands to the specified addresses; it will respond to the other
commands (also to the specified addresses) by reading from or writing to
arrays in memory. It will also spam the kernel logs for every command it
A pointer register with auto-increment is implemented for all byte
operations. This allows for continuous byte reads like those supported by
EEPROMs, among others.
The typical use-case is like this:
1. load this module
2. use i2cset (from lm_sensors project) to pre-load some data
3. load the target sensors chip driver module
4. observe its behavior in the kernel log
The SMBus addresses to emulate chips at.
There are independent arrays for byte/data and word/data commands. Depending
on if/how a target driver mixes them, you'll need to be careful.
If your target driver polls some byte or word waiting for it to change, the
stub could lock it up. Use i2cset to unlock it.
If the hardware for your driver has banked registers (e.g. Winbond sensors
chips) this module will not work well - although it could be extended to
support that pretty easily.
If you spam it hard enough, printk can be lossy. This module really wants
something like relayfs.