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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/7 v3] HID: magicmouse: don't allow hidinput to initialize the device
On Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 7:25 AM, Jiri Slaby <> wrote:
> On 09/02/2010 02:06 PM, Michael Poole wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 5:28 AM, Jiri Slaby wrote:
>>> On 09/02/2010 01:57 AM, Michael Poole wrote:
>>>> Jiri Slaby wrote:
>>>>> This looks weird. Is there any past discussion about why you cannot use
>>>>> hidinput and you have to do all the input bits yourself while cheating
>>>>> this very weird way?
>>>> The Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad do not publish HID descriptors for
>>>> the multitouch reports.  Given the variable-length report packets --
>>>> and especially the Magic Trackpad's new, mutant DOUBLE_REPORT_ID
>>>> packets -- it would be non-trivial to write accurate descriptors that
>>>> the HID core can use.  (Someone wrote a patch to try that a few months
>>>> ago.  It ended up adding significantly more lines to hid-magicmouse.c
>>>> than it removed, and it was not obvious to me that it got the Report
>>>> Count fields correct.)
>>> Ok, makes sense. The proper solution is to call a driver hook in
>>> hidinput_connect to do the mapping instead of report parsing done there,
>>> right? (And not setting [gs]etkeycode in that case.)
>> I do not know how this would work with the current HID core; could you
>> elaborate?
> No way. You would have to implement that.
>>  For the Magic Mouse, there is a valid descriptor for the
>> 0x10 (traditional mouse motion and clicks) report, and a pretty
>> trivial descriptor in the vendor-defined usage region (which I assume
>> Apple drivers use to identify the ensemble of multi-touch,
>> mouse-up/down, laser status and battery level reports).  How would the
>> driver's input_mapping() hook, or any other hook, map that single
>> descriptor into fields for each of the parts of a multi-touch report,
>> or support the other reports?  How would hid-magicmouse describe the
>> report so that hid-core handles the variable-length multi-touch
>> reports properly?  As far as I can tell, hid_report_raw_event() and
>> its callees assume each report has fixed length.
> If I understand correctly, you have 2 reports. One report is standard
> HID and one is very specific and broken.
> 1) I don't understand where events from the standard report are going
> now while no output is claimed. In other words, why you return from
> raw_event in the default case 0, there is nobody to eat the data, right?

hid-magicmouse.c parses the standard-compliant report. It is the
"case 0x10:" handler.

> 2) You handle events from the broken (or missing) report in
> magicmouse_raw_event and it will remain as is.
> So in the end there will be some .parse_reports hook called from inside
> hidinput_connect or somewhere instead of parsing and you will do the job
> you currently do in magicmouse_setup_input except the input structure
> setup (this will be done generically in hid core).
> The approach you have now is prone to errors, because somebody in the
> future may add a new claimant without bearing in mind to update these
> drivers.

What input_dev should this use for delivering events from the
non-standard report? The only way I saw (or see) for hid-magicmouse
to get the (hid-input-created) input_dev for the mouse is to look at
hid_device->report_enum[HID_INPUT_REPORT].report_list to get a struct
hid_report*, then use hid_report->field[0]->hidinput->input. That
seemed more fragile and abstraction-breaking than the existing

Right now, the device-specific driver's raw_event hook gets the first
shot at parsing any report; hid-core and hid-input process reports for
which raw_event returns 0. If someone adds a new kind of claimant
that gets higher priority than both of those categories, by definition
it wouldn't be an error for it to supersede hid-magicmouse's handler.

Michael Poole
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