Does anyone here have any tips on using inb and outb for interacting with hardware on a Linux system? iopl(2) and inb(0x61) don't seem to work very nicely... Infact, inb(0x61) gives me a segfault.

PS: My reliance on this forum is starting to become embarrassing :P

>>Does anyone here have any tips on using inb and outb for interacting with hardware on a Linux system?

Yes -- you can not use them because the os won't let you access the ports directly.

>>Infact, inb(0x61) gives me a segfault.
Yup :)

>>Does anyone here have any tips on using inb and outb for interacting with hardware on a Linux system?

Yes -- you can not use them because the os won't let you access the ports directly.

>>Infact, inb(0x61) gives me a segfault.
Yup :)

Damn... My XP machine is also running the same program (modified for windows, obviously) kinda funky... And there's no way I'm getting Vista back on my laptop :P

No version of MS-Windows since Win95 nor any version of *nix will allow you to use those inp and outp functions. So putting Vista back won't help you either.

No version of MS-Windows since Win95 nor any version of *nix will allow you to use those inp and outp functions. So putting Vista back won't help you either.

I know, that's why I said modified for windows. As in replacing inb and outb with inportb and outportb.

I realize that this thread is old, but it is still useful to correct an erroneous assertion about inb(), outb(), etc., especially given that Google drops people in here when looking for an answer to why these functions segfault, even when all the advice featured elsewhere is followed.

The truth is that these functions do in fact work, even under the most recent versions of the kernel (as of 8/11/09). However, they will not work from a user mode program unless the program is run as root (sudo...). It is also true that they will segfault if iopl(3) is not used. iopl(2) is not good enough. It is also true that the method of using ioperm() fails, apparently no matter how it is used. This may have worked in older kernels, but it now always gives a segfault. The only means of using these function seems to be calling iopl(3) first. (Ubuntu Interpid, 2.6.28-15-generic, x86_64 GNU/Linux)

Better late than never. Many thanks, this problem cost me a good grade last year :)

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