On Wed, Dec 02, 2009 at 10:37:02AM -0500, Jon Smirl wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 4:38 AM, Dmitry Torokhov
> <dmitry.torok...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Tue, Dec 01, 2009 at 07:05:49PM -0200, Mauro Carvalho Chehab wrote:
> >> Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
> >> > On Tue, Dec 01, 2009 at 05:00:40PM -0200, Mauro Carvalho Chehab wrote:
> >> >> Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
> >> >>> On Tue, Dec 01, 2009 at 03:29:44PM -0200, Mauro Carvalho Chehab wrote:
> >> >>>> For sure we need to add an EVIOSETPROTO ioctl to allow the driver
> >> >>>> to change the protocol in runtime.
> >> >>>>
> >> >>> Mauro,
> >> >>>
> >> >>> I think this kind of confuguration belongs to lirc device space,
> >> >>> not input/evdev. This is the same as protocol selection for psmouse
> >> >>> module: while it is normally auto-detected we have sysfs attribute to
> >> >>> force one or another and it is tied to serio device, not input
> >> >>> device.
> >> >> Dmitry,
> >> >>
> >> >> This has nothing to do with the raw interface nor with lirc. This 
> >> >> problem
> >> >> happens with the evdev interface and already affects the in-kernel 
> >> >> drivers.
> >> >>
> >> >> In this case, psmouse is not a good example. With a mouse, when a 
> >> >> movement
> >> >> occurs, you'll receive some data from its port. So, a software can 
> >> >> autodetect
> >> >> the protocol. The same principle can be used also with a raw pulse/space
> >> >> interface, where software can autodetect the protocol.
> >> >
> >> > Or, in certain cases, it can not.
> >> >
> >> > [... skipped rationale for adding a way to control protocol (with which
> >> > I agree) ...]
> >> >
> >> >> To solve this, we really need to extend evdev API to do 3 things: 
> >> >> enumberate the
> >> >> supported protocols, get the current protocol(s), and select the 
> >> >> protocol(s) that
> >> >> will be used by a newer table.
> >> >>
> >> >
> >> > And here we start disagreeing. My preference would be for adding this
> >> > API on lirc device level (i.e. /syc/class/lirc/lircX/blah namespace),
> >> > since it only applicable to IR, not to input devices in general.
> >> >
> >> > Once you selected proper protocol(s) and maybe instantiated several
> >> > input devices then udev (by examining input device capabilities and
> >> > optionally looking up at the parent device properties) would use
> >> > input evdev API to load proper keymap. Because translation of
> >> > driver-specific codes into standard key definitions is in the input
> >> > realm. Reading these driver-specific codes from hardware is outside of
> >> > input layer domain.
> >> >
> >> > Just as psmouse ability to specify protocol is not shoved into evdev;
> >> > just as atkbd quirks (force release key list and other driver-specific
> >> > options) are not in evdev either; we should not overload evdev interface
> >> > with IR-specific items.
> >>
> >> I'm not against mapping those features as sysfs atributes, but they don't 
> >> belong
> >> to lirc, as far as I understand. From all we've discussed, we'll create a 
> >> lirc
> >> interface to allow the direct usage of raw IO. However, IR protocol is a 
> >> property
> >> that is not related to raw IO mode but, instead, to evdev mode.
> >>
> >
> > Why would protocol relate to evdev node? Evdev does not really care what
> > how the fact that a certain button was pressed was communicated to it.
> > It may be deliveretd through PS/2 port, or maybe it was Bluetooth HID,
> > or USB HID or USB boot protocol or some custom protocol, or RC-5, NEC or
> > some custom IR protocol. It makes no difference _whatsoever_ to evdev
> > nor any users of evdev care about protocol used by underlying hardware
> > device to transmit the data.
> >
> >> We might add a /sys/class/IR and add IR specific stuff there, but it seems
> >> overkill to me and will hide the fact that those parameters are part of 
> >> the evdev
> >> interface.
> >>
> >> So, I would just add the IR sysfs parameters at the /sys/class/input, if
> >> the device is an IR (or create it is /sys/class/input/IR).
> >>
> >> I agree that the code to implement the IR specific sysfs parameter should 
> >> be kept
> >> oustide input core, as they're specific to IR implementations.
> >>
> >> Would this work for you?
> >
> > I am seeing a little bit differently structured subsystem for IR at the
> > moment. I think we should do something like this:
> >
> > - receivers create /sys/class/lirc devices. These devices provide API
> >  with a ring buffer (fifo) for the raw data stream coming from (and to)
> >  them.
> 
> The FIFO will have to appear as a /dev/device or be in debugfs. GregKH
> sent earlier mail telling me to get the FIFO out of sysfs.
>

No, I expect it not to be directly exposed to userspace at all, just a
part of in-kernel subsystem API. This is the way interfaces/decoders
will communicate with drivers. lirc_dev interface will take data from
fifo and send to userspace.

> > - we allow registering several data interfaces/decoders that can be bound
> >  (manually or maybe automatically) to lirc devices. lirc devices may
> >  provide hints as to which interface(s) better suited for handling the
> >  data coming form particular receiver. Several interfaces may be bound
> >  to one device at a time.
> > - one of the interfaces is interface implementing current lirc_dev
> > - other interfaces may be in-kernel RC-5 decoder or other decoders.
> >  decoders will create instances of input devices (for each
> >  remote/substream that they can recognize).
> 
> This includes defining IR events for evdev with vendor/device/command 
> triplets?

No, I believe that adding EV_IR type of events to evdev would be a
mistake.

> You need those standard events to make apps IR aware.
> 

But I do not want to make application IR-aware. If applications want to
be IR-aware they can work with lircd. I want applications react to
buttons/actions no matter which device issues those as long as the codes
are the same. IOW if you happen to have multimedia-type USB keyboard that
has button for play and you have a IR that has that button as well I'd
expect application to perform the same response (start playing).

> LIRC will also need to inject those events after decoding pulse data.
> 

LIRC will need to inject EV_KEY events.

> >
> > This way there is clear layering, protocol selection is kept at lirc
> > level.
> 
> Did you checkout capabilities bits in evdev?

Not sure if I understand the question.. Yes, I am aware that evdev
presents capabilities of the device userspace; no, I do not think that
they are applicable here (since there won't be EV_IR events).

-- 
Dmitry
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