[alsa-devel] Possible message repeat

Clemens Ladisch clemens at ladisch.de
Mon Jun 25 11:49:12 CEST 2012

Brent Weatherall wrote:
> our goal is to specify a special XU that WOULD require vendors
> supporting it to modify their firmware.  We fully expect a vendor to
> modify their firmware to support our specification.  That being said,
> is there a simple way to use ALSA to communicate with a vendor
> specific XU as long as the software understands the XU?  For example,
> in the video4linux2 world, we can specify a UVC XU with a set of
> controls for special processing, then vendors that want to support it
> modify their firmware to support it.  Then anyone can use our custom
> user-space drivers to easily talk to the video device.  V4L2 has
> controls made for using XUs in this manner.

The audio class specification does not define any mechanism for a device
to specify what those controls would be.  And because nobody has ever
needed to use XUs so far, the current ALSA driver has no other way to
create such controls.

If you insist on not changing ALSA, you must bypass it.


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