[linux-dvb] question about the zap utilities ,,, why so many?

CityK CityK at rogers.com
Mon Jun 4 06:19:33 CEST 2007


Johannes Stezenbach wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 03, 2007, CityK wrote:
>   
>> So there is:
>> - zap ... intended for developers
>> - azap ... for ATSC and N.A dig. cable (STCE 07)
>> - czap ... for DVB-C
>> - szap ... for DVB-S
>> - szap2 ... for DVB-S2
>> - tzap ... for DVB-T
>>
>> Is there any technical reason why these 6 utilities aren't blended
>> together into a __single__ comprehensive tuning app ... say, "zaptune"
>> or whatever, for example?
>>     
>
> Well, I wrote szap at a time when the DVB API only supported DVB-S
> (for the first generation av7110 based Siemens/Technotrend/Hauppauge
> DVB-S cards), because I needed it for my work at convergence integrated
> media GmbH. The S in szap was supposed to mean "simple". It started
> as a really tiny testing tool.
>
> Later Holger added tzap and czap. Needless to say that I would've
> integrated T and S support into szap right from the start, but there
> was nothing I could do about it.
>
> So there's no technical reason, it's just a historical artefact.
>   

Ah, interesting. Thanks for the insight Johannes.



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