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The media tree contains the latest drivers for V4L/DVB and Remote Controller.

The v4l-utils tree contains the latest libv4l and other userspace tools for V4L/DVB and Remote Controllers.

The dtv scan tables tree contains the latest digital TV physical channel/transponders files used for digital TV applications.

The TVtime tree contains the latest version of TVtime userspace application.

The xawtv3 tree contains the latest version of xawtv version 3 userspace application.

The xawtv4 tree contains the latest version of xawtv version 4 userspace application.

The media build tree contains a building system that allows its compilation with older kernels, for test, plus a system to download the latest drivers. Don't use it for production, as the backport procces is to just check if compilation doesn't break with older kernels. The drivers might not work properly, as they're not consistently tested on older kernels.

All the above repositories, plus other repositories with developer experimental trees are available at:

Legacy developer repositores are available at:, and

Checkout of a git repository

The procedure to retrieve a git repository is generally described together with the corresponding repository.

In order to get the latest sources from git from a drivers tree, you need to first clone from Linus git tree, and then add a remote pointing to the tree yo need.

For example, to clone the master development repository, install git, and run:

	git clone git:// media
	cd media
	git remote add linuxtv git://
	git remote update
	git checkout -b media-master linuxtv/master

If you want to clone a different repository, just replace the URL at the

git remote add line above.

In order to update your repository, you should do:
        git remote update
	git pull . linuxtv/master

And to put your work on the top of a stanging branch:

	git rebase linuxtv/master

Checkout Legacy repositories on Mercurial (like V4L-DVB dvb-apps)

To acquire the sources, you must first have mercurial installed*.
Some Linux distributions already include it. If yours doesn't, you can download a binary package or retrieve the source.

To retrieve the v4l-dvb source tree:

hg clone

To update the sources later on:

cd v4l-dvb
hg pull -u

To retrieve the dvb-apps source tree:

hg clone

*requires python-2.3 or later.

How to build the v4l-dvb kernel modules from the backport tree

The v4l-dvb tree is backwards compatable against recent vanilla kernels. Kernel version 2.6.10 or later is required to build the dvb modules, and version 2.6.12 or later is required to build support for hybrid devices.
  1. Change into the v4l-dvb directory:
    cd v4l-dvb
  2. Build the modules:
  3. Install the modules:
    make install
  4. If you get errors in relation to unresolved symbols, please try to reboot before filing an error report.
  • To clean the source tree:
    make clean
  • To clean the build configuration:
    make distclean
  • To remove (rmmod) all modules at once from the running kernel (in memory):
    make unload
  • To insert (insmod) all modules at once into the running kernel, without the need to install them:
    make load
  • To perform the two commands above in a single step:
    make reload

Browse the Legacy CVS Repository Online

You can browse the files in the CVS repository with viewcvs. You can also download on-the-fly generated tarballs, but please use this feature sparingly as it puts a high load on the machine. If you find yourself downloading the newest sources regularly you should consider using anon-cvs access, as described above.

To browse the video4linux CVS select the "v4l" tree in the upper right of the viewcvs page, or use the link below.

viewcvs DVB

viewcvs video4linux

Checkout the legacy v4l-dvb CVS tree

cvs -d login
(use an empty password)

cvs -z3 -d co -P v4l-dvb

Checkout the legacy dvb-kernel CVS tree

cvs -d login
(use an empty password)

cvs -z3 -d co -P dvb-kernel

If you want to check out the current drivers for the 2.4 kernel:
cvs -z3 -d co -P -rlinux_2_4 dvb-kernel

Checkout the legacy dvb-apps or other DVB CVS modules

cvs -d login
(use an empty password)

cvs -z3 -d co -P dvb-apps
(Replace "dvb-apps" with the name of any other module that you want to retrieve. Look in viewcvs to see which modules exist)

Checkout the legacy video4linux CVS tree

cvs -d login

cvs -d co -P v4l-kernel


You can later update your sources by running:

cvs -z3 up -dP