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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] input: Introduce device information ioctl
On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 10:16, Dmitry Torokhov <> wrote:
> Hi Henrik,
> On Tue, Dec 07, 2010 at 08:25:26AM +0100, Henrik Rydberg wrote:
>> Today, userspace sets up an input device based on the data it emits.
>> This is not always enough; a tablet and a touchscreen may emit exactly
>> the same data, for instance, but the former should be set up with a
>> pointer whereas the latter does not need to. Recently, a new type of
>> touchpad has emerged where the buttons are under the pad, which changes
>> handling logic without changing the emitted data. This patch introduces
>> a new ioctl, EVIOCGDEVINFO, which allows userspace to extract information
>> about the device resulting in proper setup.
> If we agree that the new ioctl is suitable we'llalso need to wireit up
> through sysfs. Also, can we keep all definitions to INPUT_ namespace?

Please don't add new ioctls which are not extensible. The ioctl should
carry the length or the version of the structure it asks for, so it
can be extended in the future. Sysfs should be good enough for such
interface though.


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