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SubjectRe: [PATCH v10 0/4] Media Device Allocator API
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On 1/30/19 2:50 AM, shuah wrote:
> On 1/29/19 2:43 AM, Hans Verkuil wrote:
>> On 1/29/19 12:48 AM, shuah wrote:
>>> Hi Hans,
>>>
>>> On 1/28/19 5:03 AM, Hans Verkuil wrote:
>>>> Hi Shuah,
>>>>
>>>> On 1/24/19 9:32 PM, Shuah Khan wrote:
>>>>> Media Device Allocator API to allows multiple drivers share a media device.
>>>>> This API solves a very common use-case for media devices where one physical
>>>>> device (an USB stick) provides both audio and video. When such media device
>>>>> exposes a standard USB Audio class, a proprietary Video class, two or more
>>>>> independent drivers will share a single physical USB bridge. In such cases,
>>>>> it is necessary to coordinate access to the shared resource.
>>>>>
>>>>> Using this API, drivers can allocate a media device with the shared struct
>>>>> device as the key. Once the media device is allocated by a driver, other
>>>>> drivers can get a reference to it. The media device is released when all
>>>>> the references are released.
>>>>>
>>>>> - This patch series is tested on 5.0-rc3 and addresses comments on
>>>>> v9 series from Hans Verkuil.
>>>>> - v9 was tested on 4.20-rc6.
>>>>> - Tested sharing resources with kaffeine, vlc, xawtv, tvtime, and
>>>>> arecord. When analog is streaming, digital and audio user-space
>>>>> applications detect that the tuner is busy and exit. When digital
>>>>> is streaming, analog and audio applications detect that the tuner is
>>>>> busy and exit. When arecord is owns the tuner, digital and analog
>>>>> detect that the tuner is busy and exit.
>>>>
>>>> I've been doing some testing with my au0828, and I am confused about one
>>>> thing, probably because it has been too long ago since I last looked into
>>>> this in detail:
>>>>
>>>
>>> Great.
>>>
>>>> Why can't I change the tuner frequency if arecord (and only arecord) is
>>>> streaming audio? If arecord is streaming, then it is recording the audio
>>>> from the analog TV tuner, right? So changing the analog TV frequency
>>>> should be fine.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Changing analog TV frequency would be s_frequency. The way it works is
>>> any s_* calls would require holding the pipeline. In Analog TV case, it
>>> would mean holding both audio and video pipelines for any changes
>>> including TV.
>>>
>>> As I recall, we discussed this design and the decision was to make all
>>> s_* calls interfaces to hold the tuner. A special exception is g_tuner
>>> in case of au0828. au0828 initializes the tuner from s_* interfaces and
>>> its g_tuner interfaces. Allowing s_frequency to proceed will disrupt the
>>> arecord audio stream.
>>>
>>> Query (q_*) works just fine without holding the pipeline. I limited the
>>> analog holds to just the ones that are required. The current set is
>>> required to avoid audio stream disruptions.
>>
>> So I am not sure about that ('avoid audio stream disruptions'): if I
>> stream video AND use arecord, then I can just set the frequency while
>> streaming. Doesn't that interrupt audio as well? And are you sure changing
>> the tuner frequency actually disrupts audio? And if audio is disrupted,
>> are we talking about a glitch or is audio permanently disrupted?
>
> I think it is a glitch. I will run some tests and let you know.
>>
>> That's basically the inconsistent behavior I noticed: just running arecord
>> will prevent me from changing the frequency, but if I run arecord and stream
>> video, then it is suddenly OK to change the frequency.
>
> How are you changing frequency? I want to duplicate what you are doing.

v4l2-ctl -f <freq>

>
>>
>> BTW, I think there was also inconsistent behavior in the order of streaming
>> audio and video: if I stream video first, then I can stream audio afterwards.
>> But if I stream audio first, then (if I remember correctly) I can't start
>> video streaming.
>>
>
> I will run some tests tomorrow and see what I find. Which video apps are
> you running for these tests?

v4l2-ctl or qv4l2.

Regards,

Hans

>
> thanks,
> -- Shuah
>

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