Support for Controller Area Networks (CAN) in NetBSD
Manuel Bouyer has worked on NetBSD CAN-support, and now he
``I'd like to merge the bouyer-socketcan branch to HEAD in the next few
days (hopefully early next week, or maybe sunday), unless someone objects
to the idea of a socketcan implementation in NetBSD.
CAN stands for Controller Area Network, a broadcast network used
in automation and automotive fields. For example, the NMEA2000 standard
developped for marine devices uses a CAN network as the link layer.
This is an implementation of the linux socketcan API:
you can also see can(4) in the branch.
This adds a new socket family (AF_CAN) and protocol (PF_CAN),
as well as the canconfig(8) utility, used to set timing parameter of
CAN hardware. The branch also includes a driver for the CAN controller
found in the allwinner A20 SoC (I tested it with an Olimex lime2 board,
connected with PIC18-based CAN devices).
There is also the canloop(4) pseudo-device, which allows to use
the socketcan API without CAN hardware.
At this time the CANFD part of the linux socketcan API is not implemented.
Error frames are not implemented either. But I could get the cansend and
canreceive utilities from the canutils package to build and run with minimal
changes. tcpdump(8) can also be used to record frames, which can be
decoded with etherreal.
A review of the code in src/sys/netcan/ is welcome, especially for possible
What CAN devices would you address with NetBSD? Drop me mail!
[Tags: can, networking]