[linux-dvb] DVB API update

Johannes Stezenbach js at linuxtv.org
Mon Sep 17 17:37:23 CEST 2007

On Sun, Sep 16, 2007, Rainer.scherg wrote:
>   - A runtime version check of the API is needed. Currently the API
>     version is determined at compile time, which is useless, when

It is necessary in the same way as you have KERNEL_VERSION

>     distributing binaries (one of the bad things on linux are
>     incompatible API changes over time).
>     A simple major.minor version number check will IMO do.

We dicided against it since a capabilities based interface
is much nicer to use. Or a simple "try new ioctl, if that
returns ENOTTY use old ioctl" approach...

>   - a "user structure" for hardware specific data (e.g. retrieve
>     special data from a special frontend chip would be nice.
>     this should be optional (*NULL = not used or not implemented).
>     otherwise something like:
>        struct { char[xx]   hw_info;
>                 specific data...
>                 }  *;

I think this API sucks. DVB API V1 had a "read/write demod register"
ioctl for debugging, which was removed because you could also use
i2c-dev. It would be better to find a way to use i2c-dev with
proper locking wrt fe->sem than to cram arbitrary and probably
unspecified hw data with unversioned layout into the DVB API.

>   - API 3 is missing a a function for retrieving current frontend
>     settings (e.g. on SAT  LNB settings). It would be sufficient, when
>     simply the last parameters set are returned.
>     Currently on API3 a "second dvb application" can change the frontend,
>     whithout any chance for the "main dvb application" to detect this
>     easily.

As already outlined by Manu it doesn't work. DiSEqC command
strings can be of arbitrary length, we don't buffer this in the driver.


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