I have an input class device (accelerometer) bound to a driver which exposes sysfs attributes that I need to access from userland. Using a udev rule, I have provided an alias that unambiguously identifies my device, i.e. ll /dev/input yields:

lrwxrwxrwx    1 root     root             6 May 18 13:47 accelerometer0 -> event0
drwxr-xr-x    2 root     root            60 May 18 13:47 by-path
crw-rw----    1 root     input      13,  64 May 18 13:47 event0
crw-rw----    1 root     input      13,  65 May 18 13:47 event1
crw-rw----    1 root     input      13,  66 May 18 13:47 event2

So far, so good: I can open("/dev/input/accelerometer0") in my userland code and start streaming the data. But to, for example, change the data rate, I need to write to the pollrate_ms attribute in the related sysfs directory. An ls /sys/class/input/ yields:

event0  event1  event2  input0  input1  input2

I happen to know that pollrate_ms resides in input0/device, but I need to figure this out programatically, especially since future updates might cause that numbering to change.

I know that I can use libudev to enumerate /sys/class/input and then use a for loop to explore each of those directories until I find the one containing pollrate_ms. It just seems like that's a lot of work compared to how easy it was to unambiguously identify the device via a udev rule.

Am I missing out on an easy way or should I just suck it up?


Programmatically, you could first stat("/dev/input/accelerometer0", &stat_struct) to find out the major and minor device numbers.

Then use libudev's udev_device_new_from_devnum() to get a struct udev_device for your accelerometer, and then udev_device_get_syspath() to get the pathname of its sysfs directory.

  • This did the trick. The resulting syspath wasn't quite there but it was close enough (../device) and much easier than an enumerate for loop. – David H Olson May 18 '18 at 19:28

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