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MEM(4) Device Drivers Manual (hp300) MEM(4)

mem, kmemmemory files

The file /dev/mem is an interface to the physical memory of the computer. Byte offsets in this file are interpreted as physical memory addresses. Reading and writing this file is equivalent to reading and writing memory itself. An error will be returned if an attempt is made to reference an offset outside of /dev/mem.

Kernel virtual memory is accessed via the file /dev/kmem in the same manner as /dev/mem. Only kernel virtual addresses that are currently mapped to memory are allowed.

On the HP300, the last byte of physical memory is always 0xFFFFFFFF. Therefore, on an HP300 with 8Mb of memory, physical memory would start at 0xFF800000. The kernel virtual memory runs from 0 to about 0x2400000.

Writeability of these devices is controlled by the system securelevel(7).



The /dev/mem and /dev/kmem files appeared in Version 6 AT&T UNIX.

May 31, 2007 OpenBSD-5.1