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.Dd June 16, 1998
.Dt DEVICE_ADD_CHILD 9
.Nm device_add_child ,
.Nd "add a new device as a child of an existing device"
.Fn device_add_child "device_t dev" "const char *name" "int unit"
.Fn device_add_child_ordered "device_t dev" "int order" "const char *name" "int unit"
Create a new child device of
.Fa dev .
arguments specify the name and unit number of the device.
If the name is unknown then the caller should pass
.Dv NULL .
If the unit is unknown then the caller should pass
and the system will choose the next available unit number.
The name of the device is used to determine which drivers might be
appropriate for the device. If a name is specified then only drivers
of that name are probed. If no name is given then all drivers for the
owning bus are probed.
This allows busses which can uniquely identify device instances (such
as PCI) to allow each driver to check each device instance for a
match. For busses which rely on supplied probe hints where only one
driver can have a change of probing the device, the driver name should
specified as the device name.
Normally unit numbers will be chosen automatically by the system and a
unit number of
should be given.
When a specific unit number is desired (e.g. for wiring a particular
piece of hardware to a pre-configured unit number), that unit should
be passed. If the specified unit number is already allocated, a new
unit will be allocated and a diagnostic message printed.
If the devices attached to a bus must be probed in a specific order
(e.g. for the ISA bus some devices are sensitive to failed probe attempts
of unrelated drivers and therefore must be probed first),
.Xr device_add_child_ordered 9
should be used to specify a partial ordering.
The new device will be added before any existing device with a greater
.Xr device_add_child 9
is used, then the new child will be added as if its order was zero.
.Sh RETURN VALUES
The new device if successful, NULL otherwise.
.Sh SEE ALSO
.Xr device 9
This man page was written by
.An Doug Rabson .