ioctl call fails with unknown command

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hi, when trying to do ioctl call to my driver, i keep getting an error
message: unknown command fd(3).  it seems that the ioctl

call is not invoking my driver ioctal method because the debug message
inside my ioctl method never get printed out.
although this may seems like i am using incorrect file descriptor,
since my ioctl method is not even being called, i know i am

using the correct file descriptor because my 'read' method gets
invoked fine.
And using the same code and driver, i was able to get it to work on a
486 target machine but it doesn't seem to work with this

particular linux version.

how can i debug this code? where in the kernel code can i begin to
trace to see what is happening?  which file/function gets

called when ioctl function is fisrt called?
(i don't have a debugger and i am not able to gdb the code so i need
to resort to printing out debug messages in the source


thank you in advance.

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