Re: [PATCH v3] input/uinput: add UI_GET_SYSNAME ioctl to retrievethe sysfs path

From: Peter Hutterer
Date: Mon Jan 20 2014 - 17:15:10 EST

On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 01:53:13PM -0800, Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
> Hi Benjamin,
> On Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 02:12:51PM -0500, Benjamin Tissoires wrote:
> > Evemu [1] uses uinput to replay devices traces it has recorded. However,
> > the way evemu uses uinput is slightly different from how uinput is
> > supposed to be used.
> > Evemu relies on libevdev, which creates the device node through uinput.
> > It then injects events through the input device node directly (and it
> > completely skips the uinput node).
> >
> > Currently, libevdev relies on an heuristic to guess which input node was
> > created. The problem is that is heuristic is subjected to races between
> > different uinput devices or even with physical devices. Having a way
> > to retrieve the sysfs path allows us to find the event node without
> > having to rely on this heuristic.
> I have been thinking about it and I think that providing tight coupling
> between uinput and resulting event device is wrong thing to do. We do
> allow sending input events through uinput interface and I think evemu
> should be using it, instead of going halfway through uinput and halfway
> though evdev. Replaying though uinput would actually be more correct as
> it would involve the same code paths throgugh input core as with using
> real devices (see input_event() vs. input_inject_event() that is used by
> input handlers).

this isn't just about evemu. I've got a fair number of tests that create a
uinput device and then pass the device node to the next level. for example,
you may want to create a synaptics touchpad through uinput and then test the
xorg driver against it. I can't pass the uinput fd to the xorg driver, it
only takes a device node. in fact, virtually all the interactions I have
with uinput is of that form - create a device, hook something up to the
device and then do stuff. it's not the writing side that I need this ioctl
for, it's making sure whatever is _reading_ from it is hooked up to the
right device.


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