Provides access to the HDLC network device driver by way of the SDLC COMIO device driver emulator. This special file only applies to AIX Versions 4.2.1 and later.
The /dev/mpcn character special file provides access to the HDLC network device driver via the SDLC COMIO device driver emulator in order to provide access to a synchronous network. The SDLC COMIO emulator device handler supports multiple HDLC network devices.
When accessing the SDLC COMIO emulator device handler, consider the following information.
The device handler can be loaded and unloaded. The handler supports the configuration calls to initialize and terminate itself.
The SDLC COMIO emulator device handler uses the t_start_dev and t_chg_parms structures defined in the /usr/include/sys/mpqp.h file to preserve compatibility with the existing GDLC, MPQP API, and SNA Services interface. However, only a subset of the #define values are supported for the following t_start_dev structure fields:
|phys_link||Indicates the physical link protocol. Only one type of physical link is valid at a time. The SDLC COMIO emulator device handler supports PL_232D (EIA-232D), PL_422A (EIA-422A/v.36), PL_V35 (V.35), PL_X21 (X.21 leased only), and PL_V25 (V.25bis EIA-422A autodial).|
|data_proto||Identifies the data protocol. The SDLC COMIO emulator device handler supports only the SDLC DATA_PRO_SDLC_HDX (half duplex) and the DATA_PRO_SDLC_FDX (full duplex) values.|
|baud_rate||Specifies the baud rate for transmit and receive clocks. The SDLC COMIO emulator device handler supports only external clocking where the DCE supplies the clock, and this field should be set to zero.|
The SDLC COMIO emulator device handler supports the open, close, read, write, and ioctl subroutines in the following manner:
The device handler supports the /dev/mpcn special file as a character-multiplex special file. The special file must be opened for both reading and writing (O_RDWR). No special considerations exist for closing the special file.
Can take the form of a read, readx, readv, or readvx subroutine call. For this call, the device handler copies the user data in to the buffer specified by the caller.
Can take the form of a write, writex, writev, or writevx subroutine call. For this call, the device handler copies the user data into a buffer and transmits the data on the wide area network using the HDLC network device driver.
The ioctl subroutine supports the following flags:
|CIO_START||Starts a session and registers a network ID.|
|CIO_HALT||Halts a session and removes a network ID.|
|CIO_QUERY||Returns the current reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) counter values. These values are defined in the /usr/include/sys/comio.h file.|
|MP_CHG_PARMS||Permits the data link control (DLC) to change certain profile parameters after the SDLC COMIO device driver emulator is started.|
The following error codes can be returned when gaining access to the device handler through the /dev/mpcn special file:
|ECHRNG||Indicates that the channel number is out of range.|
|EAGAIN||Indicates that the device handler cannot transmit data because of a lack of system resources, or, because an error returned from the HDLC network device driver's transmit routine.|
|EBUSY||Indicates that the device handler is already in use (opened/started) by another user.|
|EIO||Indicates that the handler cannot queue the request to the adapter.|
|EFAULT||Indicates that the cross-memory copy service failed.|
|EINTR||Indicates that a signal has interrupted the sleep.|
|EINVAL||Indicates one of the following:|
|ENOMEM||Indicates one of the following:|
|ENOMSG||Indicates that the status-queue pointer is null, and there are no entries.|
|ENOTREADY||Indicates that the port state in the define device structure (DDS) is not in Data Transfer mode or that the implicit halt of port failed.|
|ENXIO||Indicates one of the following:|
This file functions with the SDLC COMIO emulator device handler over the HDLC network device driver. It emulates the SDLC API (full and half duplex) of the Multiprotocol Quad Port (MPQP) device handler.
The close subroutine, open subroutine, read or readx subroutine, write or writex subroutine.
Special Files Overview
2-Port Multiprotocol HDLC Network Device Driver Overview in AIX Version 4.3 System Management Guide: Communications and Networks
MPQP Device Handler Interface Overview in AIX Version 4.3 Kernel Extensions and Device Support Programming Concepts