Re: [PATCH v4 1/2] media/v4l2-ctrls: Always run s_ctrl on volatile ctrls

From: Laurent Pinchart
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 - 18:06:53 EST

Hi Hans,

On Monday 23 February 2015 10:06:10 Hans Verkuil wrote:
> On 02/17/2015 04:08 PM, Ricardo Ribalda Delgado wrote:
> > Volatile controls can change their value outside the v4l-ctrl framework.
> > We should ignore the cached written value of the ctrl when evaluating if
> > we should run s_ctrl.
> I've been thinking some more about this (also due to some comments Laurent
> made on irc), and I think this should be done differently.
> What you want to do here is to signal that setting this control will execute
> some action that needs to happen even if the same value is set twice.
> That's not really covered by VOLATILE. Interestingly, the WRITE_ONLY flag is
> to be used for just that purpose, but this happens to be a R/W control, so
> that can't be used either.
> What is needed is the following:
> 1) Add a new flag: V4L2_CTRL_FLAG_ACTION.
> 2) Any control that sets FLAG_WRITE_ONLY should OR it with FLAG_ACTION (to
> keep the current meaning of WRITE_ONLY).
> 3) Any control with FLAG_ACTION set should return changed == true in
> cluster_changed.
> 4) Any control with FLAG_VOLATILE set should set ctrl->has_changed to false
> to prevent generating the CH_VALUE control (that's a real bug).
> Your control will now set FLAG_ACTION and FLAG_VOLATILE and it will do the
> right thing.

I'm not sure about Ricardo's use case, is it the one we've discussed on #v4l ?
If so, and if I recall correctly, the idea was to perform an action with a
parameter, and didn't require volatility.

> Basically what was missing was a flag to explicitly signal this 'writing
> executes an action' behavior. Trying to shoehorn that into the volatile
> flag or the write_only flag is just not right. It's a flag in its own right.

Just for the sake of exploring all options, what did you think about the idea
of making button controls accept a value ?

Your proposal is interesting as well, but I'm not sure about the
V4L2_CTRL_FLAG_ACTION name. Aren't all controls supposed to have an action of
some sort ? That's nitpicking of course.

Also, should the action flag be automatically set for button controls ? Button
controls would in a way become type-less controls with the action flag set,
that's interesting. I suppose type-less controls without the action flag don't
make sense.

> > Signed-off-by: Ricardo Ribalda Delgado <ricardo.ribalda@xxxxxxxxx>
> > ---
> > v4: Hans Verkuil:
> >
> > explicity set has_changed to false. and add comment
> >
> > drivers/media/v4l2-core/v4l2-ctrls.c | 11 +++++++++++
> > 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+)


Laurent Pinchart

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