[patch] spec: Update alsa namespace to include virtual device
kretz at kde.org
Thu Aug 23 10:06:46 PDT 2007
On Thursday 23 August 2007, Marc-André Lureau wrote:
> The following patch changes the "alsa" namespace so that "virtual
> devices" can also be described (a former approach was to use
> alsa.virtual or alsa_virtual new namespace, but alsa.virtual does not
> inherit alsa property, and both namespaces have a lot in common).
> Thus, a mandatory property "is_hardware" is introduced. If this value
> is true, the current mandatory keys remain mandatory. If not, then the
> client should use "device_name" to "open" the device.
> - should "device_name" be optional? (currently, application hard-code
> the prefix "hw")
> - "service" is used to make a difference between a2dp and hfp/hsp
> - "device_name", and "service" key naming
I don't agree with this approach, i.e. the listing of virtual ALSA devices
through HAL, especially the forcing of the device_name. The application might
be smarter than HAL, once it knows enough about the hardware. For example the
hw: devices in many cases are not what you want...
Since libasound 1.0.14 we have snd_device_name_hint available to list virtual
devices (they get listed once you add a hint section in your .asoundrc file).
What we're missing is a way to link virtual devices to hardware, meaning if
Hardware "xy" becomes available virtual device "foo" starts to be useful
(only "polling" works from what I know).
So what I'd like to see is something along the lines of:
- HAL notifies me that a Bluetooth device with audio support became available.
- With the id I get from HAL I can query libasound which virtual devices are
using this device, or if that's not possible iterate over all virtual devices
that didn't work before and try to open them and see whether they work now.
You made the example "bluetooth:00:19:4F:DB:04:40,hifi" in the patch. Is it
possible to always access ALSA bluetooth devices that way? Then perhaps the
HAL entry on the bluetooth device should list give me the necessary hints to
construct that string myself?
Anyway, great to hear that bluetooth ALSA support is progressing! I'm really
looking forward to supporting it (now all I need is bluetooth devices...)
Matthias Kretz (Germany) <><
MatthiasKretz at gmx.net, kretz at kde.org,
Matthias.Kretz at urz.uni-heidelberg.de
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