[linux-dvb] Rationalisation of /dev/adapterX/caY devices

Andrew de Quincey adq_dvb at lidskialf.net
Mon Apr 10 16:28:09 CEST 2006

Currently there is a slightly weird behaviour with DVB CA devices. Say you 
have an adapter with three CI slots. You would expect to see:


However, what you actually see is

Then each message sent to and from that ca0 (using read()/write()) has a two 
byte header prepended:
byte0: slot_id
byte1: transport_connection_id.

Where slot_id will vary from 0->2. This complicates writing CA related 
things.. Its not possible to just check a specific slot for data. And when 
you start to support multiple adapters each with multiple slots, you have to 
have a sort of virtual device layer. It also complicates the kernel 
dvb_ca_en50221.c generic link level CA device driver.

I would like to change this so that:
1) We create a caX device per slot on the adapters.
2) We'll keep the two byte header for back compatability (the 
transport_connection_id is useful still). However, the slot_id will always be 
set to 0.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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