inb (1) - Linux Man Pages
inb: access I/O ports
inb, outb, inw, outw, inl, outl - access I/O ports
inb ADDRESS inw ADDRESS inl ADDRESS outb ADDRESS DATA outw ADDRESS DATA outl ADDRESS DATA
inb 0x278 outw 0x440 0xffff
DESCRIPTIONThese commands enable command line and script access directly to I/O ports on PC hardware.
The "inb", "inw" and "inl" commands perform an input (read) operation on the given I/O port, and print the result.
The "outb", "outw" and "outl" commands perform an output (write) operation to the given I/O port, sending the given data. Note that the order of the parameters is ADDRESS DATA.
The size of the operation is selected according to the suffix, with "b" meaning byte, "w" meaning word (16 bits) and "l" meaning long (32 bits).
Port numbers are in the range 0-0xffff. We don't support access to memory mapped devices.
RETURN FROM IN OPERATIONSThe value read from the port by an ``in'' operation is normally printed in decimal.
Use the "--hex" option to print the result as hexadecimal ("0x" prefix is NOT printed).
TYPE AND SIZE OF OPERATIONThe type and size of the operation is normally determined by the name of the command, eg. "inb" is a read operation of 1 byte.
PERMISSIONSYou would normally need to be root or have the "CAP_SYS_RAWIO" capability in order to run these commands.
WARNINGUsing these commands can cause Bad Things to happen to your hardware.
AUTHORSRichard W.M. Jones <rjones @ redhat . com>
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