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SubjectRe: [RFC] What are the goals for the architecture of an in-kernel IR system?
On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 1:22 PM, Mauro Carvalho Chehab
<> wrote:
> Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
>> On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 11:40:41AM -0300, Mauro Carvalho Chehab wrote:
>>> David Härdeman wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 11:42:33AM -0300, Mauro Carvalho Chehab wrote:
>>>>>>        10) extend keycode table replacement to support big/variable
>>>>>>        sized scancodes;
>>>>> Pending.
>>>>> The current limit here is the scancode ioctl's are defined as:
>>>>> #define EVIOCGKEYCODE           _IOR('E', 0x04, int[2])                 /* get keycode */
>>>>> #define EVIOCSKEYCODE           _IOW('E', 0x04, int[2])                 /* set keycode */
>>>>> As int size is 32 bits, and we must pass both 64 (or even bigger) scancodes, associated
>>>>> with a keycode, there's not enough bits there for IR.
>>>>> The better approach seems to create an struct with an arbitrary long size, like:
>>>>> struct keycode_table_entry {
>>>>>    unsigned keycode;
>>>>>    char scancode[32];      /* 32 is just an arbitrary long array - maybe shorter */
>>>>>    int len;
>>>>> }
>>>>> and re-define the ioctls. For example we might be doing:
>>>>> #define EVIOCGKEYCODEBIG           _IOR('E', 0x04, struct keycode_table_entry)
>>>>> #define EVIOCSKEYCODEBIG           _IOW('E', 0x04, struct keycode_table_entry)
>>>>> #define EVIOCLEARKEYCODEBIG        _IOR('E', 0x04, void)
>>>>> Provided that the size for struct keycode_table_entry is different, _IO will generate
>>>>> a different magic number for those.
>>>>> Or, instead of using 0x04, just use another sequential number at the 'E' namespace.
>>>>> An specific function to clear the table is needed with big scancode space,
>>>>> as already discussed.
>>>> I'd suggest:
>>>> struct keycode_table_entry {
>>>>     unsigned keycode;
>>>>     unsigned index;
>>>>     unsigned len;
>>>>     char scancode[];
>>>> };
>>>> Use index in EVIOCGKEYCODEBIG to look up a keycode (all other fields are
>>>> ignored), that way no special function to clear the table is necessary,
>>>> instead you do a loop with:
>>>> EVIOCGKEYCODEBIG (with index 0)
>>>> EVIOCSKEYCODEBIG (with the returned struct from EVIOCGKEYCODEBIG and
>>>>               keycode = KEY_RESERVED)
>>>> until EVIOCGKEYCODEBIG returns an error.
>>> Makes sense.
>> Yes, I think so too. Just need a nice way to handle transition, I'd
>> like in the end to have drivers implement only the improved methods and
>> map legacy methods in evdev.
> Ok. I'll prepare the patches for adding the new ioctl, in a way that it will
> also handle the legacy methods, and post for review.
>>>> On a related note, I really think the interface would benefit from
>>>> allowing more than one keytable per irrcv device with an input device
>>>> created per keytable. That way you can have one input device per remote
>>>> control. This implies that EVIOCLEARKEYCODEBIG is a bit misplaced as an
>>>> evdev IOCTL since there's an N-1 mapping between input devices and irrcv
>>>> devices.
>>> I don't think that an ioctl over one /dev/input/event should be the proper way
>>> to ask kernel to create another filtered /dev/input/event. As it were commented
>>> that the multimedia keys on some keyboards could benefit on having a filter
>>> capability, maybe we may have a sysfs node at class input that would allow
>>> the creation/removal of the filtered event interface.
>> No, if you want separate event devices just create a new instance of
>> input device for every keymap and have driver/irrcv class route events
>> to proper input device.
> This don't solve the issue about how to signalize to kernel that more than one
> input device is needed.
> As the userspace will request the creation of those keymaps, we need some way
> to receive such requests from userspace.
> I can see a few ways for doing it:
> 1) create a control device for the irrcv device as a hole,
> that would handle such requests via ioctl (/dev/irctl[0-9]* ?)
> 2) create a read/write sysfs node that would indicate the number of event/keymaps
> associated with a given IR. By writing a bigger number, it would create new devices.
> By writing a smaller number, it will delete some maps. There's an issue though:
> what criteria would be used to delete? The newly created ones?

This is normally handled a sysfs node on the core, something like
'adddev'. You echo '1' to this node and a new interface is created.

Each interface has a sysfs node, make a 'remove' attribute in it. Echo
'1' to remove to make it disappear.

You have to implement the code behind these interfaces but this
convention is used in other subsubsystems.

BTW - you're recreating everything the configfs interface did. it
achieved the same results with mkdir/rmdir. I liked the configfs
scheme since there are no obscure commands to learn. Everybody can
make files and directories.

> 3) create a fixed number of event devices, and add a sysfs attribute to enable
> or disable it;
> 4) create a fixed number of sysfs attributes to represent the keymaps. For example:
> /sys/class/irrcv/irrcv0/keymap0/enabled
>        ...
> /sys/class/irrcv/irrcv0/keymap7/enabled
> The input/event node will be created only when the enabled=1.
> I don't like (2) or (3), because removing a table with (2) may end by removing the wrong
> table, and (3) will create more event interfaces than probably needed by the majority
> of IR users.
> maybe (4) is the better one.
> --
> Cheers,
> Mauro

Jon Smirl
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