Static Enumeration

Static enumeration is a driver's ability to detect and report the existence of devices during system initialization, with a limited ability to report subsequent changes to the system's configuration.

Bus drivers can use static enumeration if the number and type of devices or functional subunits is predetermined and permanent, and does not depend on the configuration of the system on which the driver is running.

For example, a sound card's driver might act as a bus driver and create separate physical device objects (PDOs) for each of the card's capabilities, such as MIDI, audio, and joystick.

Static Child Lists

The framework enables drivers to support static enumeration by providing static child lists. Each static child list represents a list of child devices that are connected to a parent device. The bus driver for the parent device must identify the parent's child devices, add them to the parent device's static child list, and create a PDO for each child device.

Creating a Static Child List

Each time a driver creates a framework device object that represents a functional device object (FDO) for a device, the framework creates an empty, static child list for the device.

When the framework calls a bus driver's EvtDriverDeviceAdd callback function, the callback function must call WdfDeviceCreate to create an FDO for the parent device. For more information about creating an FDO, see Creating Device Objects in a Function Driver.

The driver must then enumerate the parent device's children, create PDOs for the children, and add the children to the child list.

Optionally, the driver can call WdfDeviceSetBusInformationForChildren to provide the framework with information about the bus. Doing so is recommended because it makes it easier for child devices and apps to identify the bus.

To create a PDO for a detected child device, the bus driver must:

  1. Call WdfPdoInitAllocate to obtain a WDFDEVICE_INIT structure.

  2. Initialize the WDFDEVICE_INIT structure.

  3. Call WdfDeviceCreate to create a framework device object that represents a PDO.

For more information about creating a PDO, see Creating Device Objects in a Bus Driver.

After calling WdfDeviceCreate, the driver must call WdfFdoAddStaticChild to add the child device to the child list.

Modifying a Static Child List

Because drivers should only use static child lists for device configurations that are predetermined and permanent, there is little need for a driver to modify a static child list after creating it. If the driver determines that a child device has become inaccessible, the driver can call WdfPdoMarkMissing. (If a child device remains accessible but becomes unresponsive and unusable, the driver should set the Failed member of the WDF_DEVICE_STATE structure to WdfTrue and then call WdfDeviceSetDeviceState.)

Traversing a Static Child List

If you need to retrieve the contents of a static child list, the driver can traverse the list by doing the following:

  1. Calling WdfFdoLockStaticChildListForIteration.

  2. Calling WdfFdoRetrieveNextStaticChild as many times as necessary.

  3. Calling WdfFdoUnlockStaticChildListFromIteration.