From: Adrian Flynn (adrian.flynn at domain worldtravel.ie)
Date: Thu 20 Sep 2001 - 08:48:56 IST
Thanks for all the responses.
It does appear that the hardware solution (Serial Tap / Y splitter) is by
far the easiest way to go.
Given the wealth of software available for Linux, I had expected such a
logger to exist, but google / freshmeat etc showed anything useful. I have
neither the time or the skills to write one on my own.
BTW - is there any test for high interrupt latency devices / drivers?
From: ilug-admin at domain linux.ie [mailto:ilug-admin at domain linux.ie]On Behalf Of Kenn
Sent: 19 September 2001 19:07
To: ilug at domain linux.ie
Subject: RE: [ILUG] Serial Port Logging
> The bulletproof way to do this on a Linux box is to write a program which
> emulates a printer i.e. accepts data on a serial port and logs
> said data and
> sends it to the real printer via another port, handling
> handshaking on both
> ports as necessary. I'd be surprised if you'd write such a
> program for less
> than one of the devices Kenn mentioned will cost you. (Just curious Kenn -
> with your heavy use of loggers, I did expect you to jump in here. Have you
> never needed such a program, or do you just use those cute little
> boxes with
> a fast enough Linux box [and it's not going to need to be all
> that fast] ?)
Well, we use those little widgets from B&B to snoop on serial
transmissions up to 57600 quite successfully. Given that there
is absolutely no flow control possible on the "tap" port, you
just have to make sure that your receiving UART can hold enough
characters to handle the worst interrupt latency in your OS.
I haven't done this with Linux, but with WinNT 4 workstation
on a P3-700, 57600 works OK on my on-board serial port, but can
drop a bit on my ISA-card serial ports. I've grabbed data from
a 9600 baud line on a P133 laptop running 95 and NT4 (slowly :-)
with no losses. (And this is with our in-house serial comms
library that really need a bit of re-work to efficiently handle
the higher speeds of 57600 and up.)
I imagine that Linux should be better. Just make sure that you
don't have any nasty devices like, say, cheapo SCSI cards with
flaky drivers and dodgy devices that might cause your interrupt
latency to go sky-high on occasion...
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