The aim of rt_com is to provide a easy interface to the
serial port hardware from real-time contexts. It provides
all needed functionality to communicate with electronic
equipment along standard serial lines (or at least we hope
Documentation is available with the distribution in various
formats (including Portable Document Format (PDF)). You can
also look at it right now. Also
there is the central Real-Time Linux documentation site.
Sorry, there are several FAQs, but I haven't found time to
write them up yet :-( Please check the mailing
list archive or the generic Real-Time
Linux mailing list archive.
You can also look at the SourceForge's
rt_com project page.
21. Jan. 2002
Patch by James H.
- Ability to add callback functions
- Fixes for RTAI 24.x.x.
- Fix memory problems.
- Fix rt_com_buff_free.
3. Dec. 2000
Patch by Giuseppe
- Fix checks in interrupt handler.
- Optimize usage of TX FIFO.
5. May 2000
- Bugfix release.
- Fixed parity validation in setup.
- Added hardware deconfiguration to ease parallel use of
rt_com and Linux´ serial driver.
12. April 2000
10. March 2000
- Much improved handshaking, more support
functions. Thanks to Roberto
Finazzi for providing these enhancements.
- Better Documentation (rtldoc format)
4. November 1999
- runs on RT-Linux v1, v2 and RTAI now.
- first pieces of POSIX support.
- first public release.
- setup as a kernel module.
The rt_com package is distributed with the NMT RT-Linux distribution
and with some DIAPM Real Time Application
However, the latest versions can be obtained here
or from CRAN.
snapshot is available as well. When you consider to do
some major work ask for a newer snapshot or use anonymous cvs access.
The original code was send to the RT-Linux mailing list by
Jens Michaelsen in 1997. Jochen Küpper made it a kernel
module and it succesivly evolved into its current
status. The main contributors are (in alphabetical order):
Roberto Finazzi, Jochen Küpper, Jens
H. Puttick, Giuseppe
The package is maintained by Jochen Küpper.
Any feedback, bug reports, problems success stories should
be send to the rt_com
mailing list. Patches should be send there,