general remote control mechanism (was: Re: [linux-dvb] Hauppauge Nova-T PCI on Fedora Core 3)

Patrick Boettcher patrick.boettcher at
Mon Mar 7 13:37:10 CET 2005

On Mon, 7 Mar 2005, Oliver Endriss wrote:

> In kernel 2.6 there are 2 ioctls to manipulate keymaps
> Fine, they could be used to implement generic keymaps. But...

I think this is what Gerd is using in his<version>.tar.gz 
keymap-upload-tool. (He just pointed that out in another mail)

> Most applications do some key mapping on their own.
> Why don't we simply fill all holes in the keymaps of the drivers with
> some unique codes? This would avoid dead keys which are the main problem
> right know.

The holes are huge, because e.g. dibusb-devices (and as far as I can see 
the cinergyt2 as well) are able to deliver the code of all 
NEC-protocol-compatible remote controls (is this the RC5?), not just the 
ones which are boxed.

The NOVA-T USB2 additionally supports a different kind of RC-protocol, 
which seems to be more spreaded, because all remotes I own can be used 
with the receiver inside the NOVA-T. I'm not a remote control expert, so I 
can't say which protocol it is or whatever. Hardcoding this every table 
inside the driver is simply not possible. Of course both types have 
different data structures, to display the key and if it was a key repeat 
and so.


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