[linux-dvb] DVB API update

Manu Abraham abraham.manu at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 19:15:18 CEST 2007

Christophe Thommeret wrote:
> Le mardi 18 septembre 2007 18:41, Aidan Thornton a écrit :
>> On 9/18/07, Markus Rechberger <mrechberger at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On 9/18/07, Manu Abraham <abraham.manu at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Markus Rechberger wrote:
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>> Why don't abstract the dvb layer from enduser applications and put a
>>>>> general library infront which does that version check and tries to
>>>>> keep things consistend to the end applications?
>>>> It is a nice idea, yes.
>>>> Two things, looking at
>>>> http://linuxtv.org/hg/dvb-apps/file/4bca5d49c9bd/lib/libdvbapi/dvbfe.c
>>>> * This idea of using multiple API 's was thought (It is effective ,
>>>> yes) You can use multiple API's in there
>>>> * The down side is that user applications need to use this library
>>>> Someone could ask, why the hell should we use your library. Well, that
>>>> causes the headaches.
>>> people who use alsa also use the provided alsa API, it makes alot sense
>>> to stop applications to directly access those nodes. libdvbapi seems to
>>> be the right way to start over with.
>> I'm not sure ALSA is a good example - it's always felt a bit hairy to
>> me. Part of the reason that people have to use alsalib is that
>> important bits are in userland, and they tend to break in interesting
>> ways.
>> For example, I found that if a program using ALSA launches another
>> program without closing the file descriptors correctly, sound playback
>> breaks when the first program exits due to the odd way software mixing
>> is done. There's various other annoying and non-intuitive ways that
>> software mixing can break too.
>> (I also get the impression that ALSA uses the library as an excuse to
>> break kernel-userspace ABI compatibility, to the annoyance of distro
>> maintainers. I can certainly recall several complaints about it on
>> Diego "Flameeyes" Pettenò's blog back when he maintained ALSA on
>> Gentoo.)
>> Besides, it's a bit late to try and do this now...
> I also think it's a bit late.
> Kaffeine uses only the en50221 part of libdvbapi.
> Other parts was already implemented when libdvbapi came out, and i saw no 
> reason to drop that working code and implement a libdvbapi wrapper class ;)

That clears it. Thanks for the clarification


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