On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 2:33 PM, Mauro Carvalho Chehab
<mche...@redhat.com> wrote:
> Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
>>> The raw interface applies only to the devices that doesn't have a hardware 
>>> decoder
>>> (something between 40%-60% of the currently supported devices).
>> 50% is quite a number I think. But if driver does not allow access to
>> the raw stream - it will refuse binding to lirc_dev interface.
> Ok.
>> We need to cater to the future cases as well. I don't want to redesign
>> it in 2 years. But for devices that have only hardware decoders I
>> suppose we can short-curcuit "interfaces" and have a library-like module
>> creating input devices directly.
> We really need only one interface for those devices. However, protocol 
> selection
> is needed, as it is associated with the scantable on those devices.
> a sysfs entry would solve this issue.
> Also, we need a better schema to cleanup the keycode table. Currently, the 
> only way
> I'm aware is to run a loop from 0 to 65535 associating a scancode to 
>>> In the case of the cheap devices with just raw interfaces, running in-kernel
>>> decoders, while it will work if you create one interface per protocol
>>> per IR receiver, this also seems overkill. Why to do that? It sounds that 
>>> it will
>>> just create additional complexity at the kernelspace and at the userspace, 
>>> since
>>> now userspace programs will need to open more than one device to receive the
>>> keycodes.
>> _Yes_!!! You open as many event devices as there are devices you are
>> interested in receiving data from. Multiplexing devices are bad, bad,
>> bad. Witness /dev/input/mouse and all the attempts at working around the
>> fact that if you have a special driver for one of your devices you
>> receive events from the same device through 2 interfaces and all kind of
>> "grab", "super-grab", "smart-grab" schemes are born.
> The only device that the driver can actually see is the IR receiver. There's 
> no way to
> know if there is only one physical IR sending signals to it or several 
> different models,
> especially if we consider that programmable IR's can be able even to generate 
> more than one
> protocol at the same time, and can emulate other IR types.

IR devices transmit vendor/device/command triplets. They are easy to
tell apart and create an evdev device corresponding to each
vendor/device pair or something else along those lines.

If I tell a programmable remote to send out the same commands as my
Sony remote that's the same thing as owning two identical Sony
remotes. I'd expect them to be indistinguishable. If you want to be
able to tell your remotes apart, don't program them to emulate each

I've published code that can split these devices apart, it's not
impossible to do.

802.11 receivers have the same problem, there is one receiver and many
transmitters. The networking code doesn't have problems with sorting
this out and separating the streams.

> You might create some artificial schema to try to deal with different IR's 
> being received
> at the same IR receiver, but, IMHO, this will just add a complex abstraction 
> layer.
> Also, this won't give any real gain, as either both IR's will generate the 
> same scancodes (and you can't distinguish what IR generated that code), or 
> the scancode is different, and you
> can handle it differently.

Reusing the keycode is fine if they on different evdev devices. A key
feature is creating one evdev device for each remote.

>>>> (for each remote/substream that they can recognize).
>>> I'm assuming that, by remote, you're referring to a remote receiver (and 
>>> not to
>>> the remote itself), right?
>> If we could separate by remote transmitter that would be the best I
>> think, but I understand that it is rarely possible?
> IMHO, the better is to use a separate interface for the IR transmitters,
> on the devices that support this feature. There are only a few devices
> I'm aware of that are able to transmit IR codes.
> Cheers,
> Mauro.

Jon Smirl
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