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linux-gpib-sys

Backstory

GPIB is a digital communications protocol, also known as IEEE 488. It was initially developed as HP-IB for HP's test equipment, to provide a channel for management and automated control, and is still relatively widely used for that purpose.

The most popular way to speak GPIB is a PCI(-E) card or USB adaptor, often using NI's GPIB library on top of their VISA hardware management tools. However, VISA sucks and doesn't run on Linux. However! Some very nice people wrote drivers for a bunch of popular GPIB controllers and packaged them up into linux-gpib, a collection of kernel driver modules plus a C user-space library to interact with them. The user-space API is basically one-to-one with NI's GPIB APIs, so the massive amounts of documentation on that carry over.

This is just a Rust binding to the linux-gpib userspace API. At the moment, it's just a -sys crate; at some point in the future, I'll probably write a nice layer over it. Examples are forthcoming, too!

License

BSD 3-Clause License

Copyright (c) 2019, Erin Moon <erin@hecke.rs>
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