amltag, amlval, amlint, amllen, amlnew, amlinit, amlexit, amlload, amlwalk, amleval, amlenum, amltake, amldrop – ACPI machine language interpreter

#include <u.h>
#include <libc.h>
#include <aml.h>
int       amltag(void *);
void*     amlval(void *);
uvlong    amlint(void *);
int       amllen(void *);
void*     amlnew(char tag, int len);
void      amlinit(void);
void      amlexit(void);
int       amlload(uchar *data, int len);
void*     amlwalk(void *dot, char *name);
int       amleval(void *dot, char *fmt, ...);
void      amlenum(void *dot, char *seg, int (*proc)(void *, void *), void *arg);
void      amltake(void *);
void      amldrop(void *);
void*     amlroot;
int       amldebug;

The aml library implements an interpreter for the ACPI machine language byte code.
amlinit() amlexit()
The interpreter runtime state is initialized by calling amlinit and frees all the resources when amlexit is called. The runtime state consists of objects organized in a global namespace. The name object referred to by amlroot is the root of that namespace.
Amlload populates the namespace with objects parsed from the definition block of len byte size read from data. The pc kernel provides access to the ACPI tables through the /dev/acpitbls file (see arch(3) for further details).
Objects are dynamically allocated and typed and are passed as void* pointers. The type tag of an object can be determined with the amltag function. The following table shows the defined tags and ther underlying type:
*        b        uchar*    buffer           amllen() returns number of bytes
*        s        char*     string           amllen() is strlen()
*        n        char*     undefined name    amllen() is strlen()
*        i        uvlong* integer
*        p        void**    package          amllen() is # of elements
*        r        void*     region
*        f        void*     field
*        u        void*     bufferfield
*        N        void*     name
*        R        void*     reference
Amlwalk takes a path string (relative to dot) in name and returns the final name object of the walk; or nil if not found.
Amlenum recursively enumerates all child name objects of dot that have seg as name; or any name if seg is nil; calling proc for each one passing dot. When proc returns zero, enumeration will continue recursively down for the current dot.
Amlval returns the value of a name, reference or field object. Calling amlval on any other object yields the same object.
Amllen is defined for variable length objects like buffers, strings and packages. For strings, the number of characters (not including the terminating null byte) is returned. For buffers, the size of the buffer in bytes is returned. For packages (arrays), the number of elements is returned. For any other object types, the return value is undefined.
Amlint returns the integer value of an object. For strings, the string is interpreted as an hexadecimal number. For buffers and buffer fields, the binary value is returned. Integers just return their value. Any other object types yield zero.
Integer, buffer, string and package objects can be created with the amlnew function. The tag specific definition of the len parameter is the same as in amllen (see above).
Amleval evaluates the name object dot. For method evaluation, the fmt string parameter describes the arguments passed to the evaluated method. Each character in fmt represents a tag for an method argument taken from the variable argument list of amleval and passed to the method. The fmt tags I, i and s take uvlong, int and char* from the variable argument list and create object copies to be passed. The tags b, p and * take void* from the variable argument list and pass them as objects by reference (without conversion or copies). The last variable argument is a pointer to the result object location. When the last parameter is nil the result is discarded.
amltake(p) amldrop(p)
Objects returned by amlval, amleval and amlnew are subject to garbage collection during method evaluation unless previously maked to be excluded from collection with amltake. To remark an object for collection, amldrop needs be called. Objects stay valid as long as they are reachable from amlroot.

The aml library can be linked into userspace programs and the kernel which have different means of hardware access and memory constraints.

The Amlio data structure defines access to a hardware space.
enum {
MemSpace         = 0x00,
IoSpace          = 0x01,
PcicfgSpace      = 0x02,
EbctlSpace       = 0x03,
SmbusSpace       = 0x04,
CmosSpace        = 0x05,
PcibarSpace      = 0x06,
IpmiSpace        = 0x07,
typedef struct Amlio Amlio;
struct Amlio
int       space;
uvlong    off;
uvlong    len;
void      *name;
uchar     *va;
void      *aux;
int       (*read)(Amlio *io, void *data, int len, int off);
int       (*write)(Amlio *io, void *data, int len, int off);
The members space, off, len and name are initialized by the interpreter and describe the I/O region it needs access to. For memory regions, va can to be set to the virtual address mapping base by the mapping function. The interpreter will call the read and write function pointers with a relative offset to the regions base offset. The aux pointer can be used freely by the map function to attach its own resources to the I/O region and allows it to free these resources on amlunmapio.
amlmapio(io) amlunmapio(io)
The interpreter calls amlmapio with a Amlio data structure that is to be filled out. When finished, the interpreter calls amlunmapio with the same data structure to allow freeing resources.
Amldelay is called by the interpreter with the number of microseconds to sleep.
amlalloc(n) amlfree(p)
Amlalloc and amlfree can be optionally defined to control dynamic memory allocation providing a way to limit or pool the memory allocated by acpi. If not provided, the library will use the functions defined in malloc(2) for dynamic allocation.


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