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Date:	Sat, 1 Nov 2008 21:26:23 +0100 (CET)
From:	Jiri Kosina <>
To:	Adam Nielsen <>
cc:	LKML Mailinglist <>
Subject: Re: Can you use the USB HID interface within a driver?

On Sat, 1 Nov 2008, Adam Nielsen wrote:

> I would rather write the driver in kernel space (so that it "just works" 
> and provides a hwmon interface without installing extra software), 
> however the device already appears to the system as a USB HID device, 
> and so gets claimed by the existing usbhid driver.

There is a long blacklist/ignorelist in the usbhid driver, for the VID/PID 
combinations that we don't want to have claimed by usbhid driver, because 
there is a more specific one.

> Is there any way to interface with the HID driver from within another 
> driver? Or will I have to claim the device first (or disconnect usbhid), 
> and communicate with it myself?
> I've tried to find some example code from a driver that already does this
> (such as a USB keyboard driver) but I'm having some trouble finding one!  The
> closest drivers I can find are all the ones in drivers/hid/usbhid, but they
> all seem to be "embedded" in hid-core.c. Does that mean I need to modify
> hid-core.c to call my driver?

For 2.6.28, the HID code has been completely refactored, and converted 
into a proper bus, making it possible to write driver easily in a way that 
the driver implements only parts where device deviates from the HID 
standard, and lets the rest to be handled by generic code. I guess this is 
what you are looking for?

Please look at drivers/hid in 2.6.28-rc1 or newer. There are quite a 
couple of drivers already using this new infrastructure.

If you have any further questions, I'll be happy to help you, but I will 
be completely offline until 11th November, sorry.

Hope this helps,

Jiri Kosina

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