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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 14/36] [media] v4l2-mc: add a function to inherit controls from a pipeline
On Sat 2017-03-11 23:14:56, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 08:25:49AM -0300, Mauro Carvalho Chehab wrote:
> > This situation is there since 2009. If I remember well, you tried to write
> > such generic plugin in the past, but never finished it, apparently because
> > it is too complex. Others tried too over the years.
> >
> > The last trial was done by Jacek, trying to cover just the exynos4 driver.
> > Yet, even such limited scope plugin was not good enough, as it was never
> > merged upstream. Currently, there's no such plugins upstream.
> >
> > If we can't even merge a plugin that solves it for just *one* driver,
> > I have no hope that we'll be able to do it for the generic case.
> This is what really worries me right now about the current proposal for
> iMX6. What's being proposed is to make the driver exclusively MC-based.
> What that means is that existing applications are _not_ going to work
> until we have some answer for libv4l2, and from what you've said above,
> it seems that this has been attempted multiple times over the last _8_
> years, and each time it's failed.

Yeah. We need a mid-layer between legacy applications and MC
devices. Such layer does not exist in userspace or in kernel.

> Loading the problem onto the user in the hope that the user knows
> enough to properly configure it also doesn't work - who is going to
> educate the user about the various quirks of the hardware they're
> dealing with?

We have docs. Users can write shell scripts. Still, mid-layer would be

> So, the problem space we have here is absolutely huge, and merely
> having a plugin that activates when you open a /dev/video* node
> really doesn't solve it.
> All in all, I really don't think "lets hope someone writes a v4l2
> plugin to solve it" is ever going to be successful. I don't even
> see that there will ever be a userspace application that is anything
> more than a representation of the dot graphs that users can use to
> manually configure the capture system with system knowledge.
> I think everyone needs to take a step back and think long and hard
> about this from the system usability perspective - I seriously
> doubt that we will ever see any kind of solution to this if we
> continue to progress with "we'll sort it in userspace some day."

Mid-layer is difficult... there are _hundreds_ of possible
pipeline setups. If it should live in kernel or in userspace is a
question... but I don't think having it in kernel helps in any way.

Best regards,

(cesky, pictures)
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