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device_add_child, device_add_child_ordered - add a new device as a child
of an existing device
device_add_child(device_t dev, const char *name, int unit);
device_add_child_ordered(device_t dev, int order, const char *name,
Create a new child device of dev. The name and unit arguments specify
the name and unit number of the device. If the name is unknown then the
caller should pass NULL. If the unit is unknown then the caller should
pass -1 and the system will choose the next available unit number.
The name of the device is used to determine which drivers might be
appropriate for the device. If a name is specified then only drivers of
that name are probed. If no name is given then all drivers for the
owning bus are probed. In any event, only the name of the device is
stored so that one may safely unload/load a driver bound to that name.
This allows busses which can uniquely identify device instances (such as
PCI) to allow each driver to check each device instance for a match. For
busses which rely on supplied probe hints where only one driver can have
a change of probing the device, the driver name should specified as the
Normally unit numbers will be chosen automatically by the system and a
unit number of -1 should be given. When a specific unit number is
desired (e.g. for wiring a particular piece of hardware to a pre-
configured unit number), that unit should be passed. If the specified
unit number is already allocated, a new unit will be allocated and a
diagnostic message printed.
If the devices attached to a bus must be probed in a specific order (e.g.
for the ISA bus some devices are sensitive to failed probe attempts of
unrelated drivers and therefore must be probed first), the order argument
of device_add_child_ordered() should be used to specify a partial
ordering. The new device will be added before any existing device with a
greater order. If device_add_child() is used, then the new child will be
added as if its order was zero.
When adding a device in the context of DEVICE_IDENTIFY(9) routine, some
care must be taken to ensure that the device has not already been added
to the tree. Because the device name and devclass_t are associated at
probe time (not child addition time), previous instances of the driver
(say in a module that was later unloaded) may have already added the
instance. Authors of bus drivers must likewise be careful when adding
children when they are loaded and unloaded to avoid duplication of
The new device if successful, NULL otherwise.
This manual page was written by Doug Rabson.