|DDI_GET_INSTANCE(9F)||Kernel Functions for Drivers||DDI_GET_INSTANCE(9F)|
#include <sys/ddi.h> #include <sys/sunddi.h> int ddi_get_instance(dev_info_t *dip);
The system assigns an instance number to every device. Instance numbers for devices attached to the same driver are unique. This provides a way for the system and the driver to uniquely identify one or more devices of the same type. The instance number is derived by the system from different properties for different device types in an implementation specific manner.
Once an instance number has been assigned to a device, it will remain the same even across reconfigurations and reboots. Therefore, instance numbers seen by a driver may not appear to be in consecutive order. For example, if device foo0 has been assigned an instance number of 0 and device foo1 has been assigned an instance number of 1, if foo0 is removed, foo1 will continue to be associated with instance number 1 (even though foo1 is now the only device of its type on the system).
Writing Device Drivers
|January 16, 2006||OmniOS|