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backfire

Section: Driver (4)
Updated: 0.1
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NAME

backfire - send a signal from driver to user  

DESCRIPTION

The backfire driver reads a numerical string that is sent to the /dev/backfire device and sends the corresponding signal to the calling user program. Reading from /dev/backfire returns the time of the day when the most recent sent request was serviced or 0, if a sent request was not yet received. The time of the day is displayed in seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC followed by the fraction of the second in microseconds separated by a comma.  

PURPOSE

The backfire driver is normally used in combination with the program sendme to benchmark the performance of the kernel's signal sending capabilities.  

EXAMPLES

head -1 /dev/backfire
0,0
trap "echo Got signal 7" 7
echo 7 >/dev/backfire
Got signal 7
head -1 /dev/backfire
1234567890,123456

 

AUTHORS

Carsten Emde <C.Emdeªosadl.org>  

SEE ALSO

sendme(8)


 

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