Re: [PATCH] Input: add appleir USB driver

From: Tino Keitel
Date: Fri May 16 2008 - 01:43:36 EST

On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 19:32:36 -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 01:27:33AM +0200, Tino Keitel wrote:


> > When the appleir kernel driver is used, the IR device acts as in input
> > device, not as a HID device. LIRC has to be configured to use its
> > dev/input driver in this case. This is a generic driver to use any
> > input device as lirc device. The dev/input driver relies on the key
> > events that are generated by the kernel.
> Hm, I just got a private email (for some odd reason) saying this driver
> isn't needed at all, they just add a hid quirk line.

Maybe this email came from a person who uses a distro kernel that
already included the appleir driver? IIRC at least Ubuntu did that
once. If not, I'd be interested in the detailed setup.

> Now why that hid quirk line hadn't been added for the year or so that
> the person knew about it, sure is odd to me...

There was a quirk line in the past. It was introduced by accident with
2.6.22 with commit a417a21e10831bca695b4ba9c74f4ddf5a95ac06. The commit
message only mentions keyboard and mouse devices, so I think the quirk
for the IR device was unintended.

Then I wasted several hours when I tried to use the macmini LIRC driver
with 2.6.22. The HID device that I saw came from my LCD, not from the
IR device, and I wasn't aware of the HID ignore quirk as the kernel
didn't mention it when the device was detected. That's why I also
suggested that the kernel should be more verbose about such ignore
quirks and blacklists.

In the end I found that quirk an requested to remove it. This was done
in 2.6.23-rc2.

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