[alsa-devel] [PATCH 1/1] media: Entities with sink pads must have at least one enabled link

Laurent Pinchart laurent.pinchart at ideasonboard.com
Wed Nov 14 11:58:42 CET 2012

Hi Sylwester,

On Wednesday 14 November 2012 10:23:19 Sylwester Nawrocki wrote:
> On 11/13/2012 03:24 PM, Sakari Ailus wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > Comments would be appreciated, either positive or negative. The omap3isp
> > driver does the same check itself currently, but I think this is more
> > generic than that.
> > 
> > Thanks.
> > 
> > On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 10:46:17PM +0300, Sakari Ailus wrote:
> >> If an entity has sink pads, at least one of them must be connected to
> >> another pad with an enabled link. If a driver with multiple sink pads has
> >> more strict requirements the check should be done in the driver itself.
> >> 
> >> Just requiring one sink pad is connected with an enabled link is enough
> >> API-wise: entities with sink pads with only disabled links should not be
> >> allowed to stream in the first place, but also in a different operation
> >> mode a device might require only one of its pads connected with an
> >> active link.
> >> 
> >> If an entity has an ability to function as a source entity another
> >> logical entity connected to the aforementioned one should be used for the
> >> purpose.
> Why not leave it to individual drivers ? I'm not sure if it is a good idea
> not to allow an entity with sink pads to be used as a source only. It might
> be appropriate for most of the cases but likely not all. I'm inclined not to
> add this requirement in the API. Just my opinion though.

I have mixed feelings about this patch too, which is why I've asked Sakari to 
cross-post it. It's pretty easy to add this check to the core now, but pushing 
it back to drivers late if we realize it's too restrictive would be difficult. 
I think my preference would go for a helper function that drivers can use, 
possibly first waiting until a second driver requires this kind of checks 
before implementing it.


Laurent Pinchart

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