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This article outlines some V4L2 compliant software which can be used as a means to test the functionality of V4L2 device drivers or applications -- essentially, code to test other code. If you create a new test utility, or if you know of a test that is not listed, please add it to the lists below.
Code to test other code.
 
   
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==Test Drivers==
If you need a test, look here.
 
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* [[VIVI]] -- Virtual Video Driver: A real v4l2 device driver with no physical hardware. This means anyone can use it (it is part of the Linux kernel: modprobe vivi).
   
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:If your application has problems with a specific device driver, try using vivi instead. If you still have a problem, it is much more likely to be a problem with the application than with the driver. Knowing where to look is a big help in fixing problems.
If you create a new test, add it here.
 
   
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:However, vivi is not
If you know of some tests that are not listed, please add it.
 
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:* perfect. Not surprising given it doesn't get the amount of real world use that real drivers do.
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:* feature complete. It does not implement every interface of the v4l2 spec.
   
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:But it is something anyone can run, so it makes reproducing some problems possible that would otherwise be impossible without the specific hardware.
===Test Driver(s)===
 
   
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==Test applications==
VIVI - Virtual Video Driver http://v4l.videotechnology.com/vivi.html
 
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Simple programs that test various functionality of a V4L2 driver.
   
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There are many small test apps that seem to have been written to help isolate an existing problem, as opposed to actively looking for problems. This means the tests make assumptions about what is/isn't supported, which can cause [[Wikipedia:Type_I_and_type_II_errors|false positives]] when someone else uses them in a different environment or context. For instance, a specific feature test should not be run unless the device driver advertises support for the feature. Ideally, this means that all tests should first xioctl(fd, VIDIOC_QUERYCAP, &cap) and test cap.capabilities to see if the rest of the test is applicable. However, this does not mean you shouldn't post your test code if it does not comply with such ideal qualifications - as something is better than nothing.
A real v4l2 device driver with no physical hardware. This means anyone can use it.
 
If your application has problems with a specific device driver, try using vivi instead. If you still have a problem, it is much more likely to be a problem with the application than with the driver. Knowing where to look is a big help in fixing problems.
 
   
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* [http://git.linuxtv.org/v4l-utils.git/tree/HEAD:/contrib/test v4l-utils/contrib/test]
However, vivi is not
 
* perfect. Not surprising given it doesn't get the amount of real world use that real drivers do.
 
* feature complete. It does not implement every interface of the v4l2 spec (yet.)
 
   
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* [http://linuxtv.org/hg/dvb-apps/file/887beb83943a/test dvb-apps/test/] -- though not V4L2 focused, there may be some applicable tests worth examining
But it is something anyone can run, so it makes reproducing some problems possible that would otherwise be impossible without the specific hardware.
 
   
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* [http://www.raphnet.net/programmation/v4l_tools/ v4l_tools]
===Test applications===
 
   
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* The utilities in the test/ directory of the zvbi tarball, available on [http://zapping.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/view/ZVBI/Download#Source_Code zvbi's project page];
Simple programs that test various functionality of a driver.
 
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* [http://code.google.com/p/python-video4linux2/ python-video4linux2] - starting to build a tester using that.
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* [http://linuxtv.org/downloads/v4l-dvb-apis/capture-example.html Video for Linux Two API Specification Appendix C. Video Capture Example] - not exactly a tester, but worth listing.
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{{Note|One user encountered problems between the vivi.c driver and the V4L2 capture.c example, suggesting that they do not "play well" together. See the [[Talk:V4L Test Suite|article's discussion page]] for more details}}
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* [http://svn.quickcamteam.net/svn/luvcview/trunk/luvcview/ luvcview ]
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* [http://v4l-test.sourceforge.net/ v4l-test] - a V4L2 test environment based directly on the V4L2 API Specification
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Latest revision as of 16:09, 8 October 2011

This article outlines some V4L2 compliant software which can be used as a means to test the functionality of V4L2 device drivers or applications -- essentially, code to test other code. If you create a new test utility, or if you know of a test that is not listed, please add it to the lists below.

Test Drivers

  • VIVI -- Virtual Video Driver: A real v4l2 device driver with no physical hardware. This means anyone can use it (it is part of the Linux kernel: modprobe vivi).
If your application has problems with a specific device driver, try using vivi instead. If you still have a problem, it is much more likely to be a problem with the application than with the driver. Knowing where to look is a big help in fixing problems.
However, vivi is not
  • perfect. Not surprising given it doesn't get the amount of real world use that real drivers do.
  • feature complete. It does not implement every interface of the v4l2 spec.
But it is something anyone can run, so it makes reproducing some problems possible that would otherwise be impossible without the specific hardware.

Test applications

Simple programs that test various functionality of a V4L2 driver.

There are many small test apps that seem to have been written to help isolate an existing problem, as opposed to actively looking for problems. This means the tests make assumptions about what is/isn't supported, which can cause false positives when someone else uses them in a different environment or context. For instance, a specific feature test should not be run unless the device driver advertises support for the feature. Ideally, this means that all tests should first xioctl(fd, VIDIOC_QUERYCAP, &cap) and test cap.capabilities to see if the rest of the test is applicable. However, this does not mean you shouldn't post your test code if it does not comply with such ideal qualifications - as something is better than nothing.

  • dvb-apps/test/ -- though not V4L2 focused, there may be some applicable tests worth examining
Note: One user encountered problems between the vivi.c driver and the V4L2 capture.c example, suggesting that they do not "play well" together. See the article's discussion page for more details
  • v4l-test - a V4L2 test environment based directly on the V4L2 API Specification