[pulseaudio-discuss] [PATCH] profile-switcher: New module to switch card profiles based on roles

Lin, Mengdong mengdong.lin at intel.com
Tue Nov 1 18:52:18 PDT 2011

> I think the intended role is actually a property of the port, not the
> sink.

Yes. If a sink/source has ports, the ports also need a intended role for routing purpose.
And if a sink/source has no ports, we can reference the sink/source's intended roles.

> And I think David's patches that are waiting for someone to review
> them (I'll try to do it this week) already change ports so that they are
> available as long as the card exists...
> --
> Tanu

How about sink/sources? They shall also be available as long as the card exist. But now, a sink/source can be created and destroyed when card's active profile changes. Take Bluetooth device module for example, they have HSP sink/source that only exist when HSP is active profile.
To work out a general routing method, I think Pulse can create all sink/source/ports for all supported profiles when the card is created, while the sink/source/port state changes with profiles changes and hot-plug event. Thus routing modules can look up their intended role any time.

However, I think it would be helpful to tag a profile with a intended role. This can make profile change easy. Otherwise, routing or profile-switch modules need to infer the best profile from the wanted sink/source and we need a static profile:sink/source mapping stored in a card. 


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