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SubjectRe: [V4L] Re: [RFC] alternative kernel multimedia API
> > drivers to ask for specific minor numbers (so you can give your devices
> > fixed minor numbers using insmod options). And this has _NOTHING_ to do
> > with the API visible to the applications.
>
> It has to do with the API visible to the driver.

Yes. Why do you mix the two? These are completely separate issues.

> > Such clashes shouldn't happen as v4l has ioctl number ranges for driver
> > private stuff which can be used for such tests and shouldn't cause
> > clashes with new, official ioctls.
>
> I did not know that - thanks. Where do I find notes on this ?

BASE_VIDIOCPRIVATE is defined in videodev.h and used by various drivers
in drivers/media/video

> > Beside that I don't see why breaking applications is a problem for
> > _experimental_ interfaces. On the one hand you want to have the
>
> It is a problem because I want as many people as possible to try them.
> This is the only way to work out installation dependent bugs. There is a
> lot of variety out there: Redhat, Mandrake, Slackware, Suse, ix86,
> PowerPC, Alpha, Sparc.. Each is a little different.

And how installation issues are related to API design / testing?

> > flexibility to change interfaces easily to test them, on the other hand
> > you care alot about compatibility and stuff. You can't get both, I
> > don't see a way to do that without making either the drivers or the
> > applications (or both) very complex.
>
> Now here you are wrong. C have not changed in a while and you can still
> write any programs in it ;) As for complexity.. I don't mind 10000 line
> file if it is backed up by good algorithm. The good news is that with this
> approach we separate interface stuff from driver dependent stuff - and,
> hence, the most complex part can be easily tested.

I doubt this. IMHO the complex part isn't the read/write interface and
the string parsing (I'd expect this can easily separated out into some
kind of library / kernel module / whatever). The complex part is to
keep the backward compatibility while changing/improving the interfaces
(which is one of your goals with the new approach, right?), and I don't
see a way to handle that in generic, driver-independant code ...

Gerd

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