[linux-dvb] Re: How to access /dev/videoK from /dev/dvb/adapterN?

Klaus Schmidinger Klaus.Schmidinger at cadsoft.de
Fri Jun 16 12:33:37 CEST 2006

Sebastian Frei wrote:
> Am Freitag, 16. Juni 2006 11:45 schrieb Klaus Schmidinger:
>> An application that uses the LinuxDVB driver can access the
>> DVB devices via /dev/dvb/adapterN/* (N = 0, 1, ...). However,
>> when it wants to, for instance, capture the current image on
>> a device (like VDR with its GRAB command), it needs to access
>> /dev/videoK, where 'K' is a number that is not directly related
>> to the 'N' mentioned above for the DVB device.
>> So VDR has to do some guessing on which /dev/videoK device might
>> belong to the /dev/dvb/adapterN device. This is getting particularly
>> problematic if there are also other /dev/video devices that have
>> nothing to do with any DVB devices.
>> Is there a defined way in which an application can query a DVB
>> device for its related /dev/video device?
>> Klaus
> Hello,
> as more and more distributions are switching to udev, and udev automatically 
> creates device like /dev/dvb0.frontend0 and also /dev/dvb0.video0, switching 
> the applications to use these devices could simplify things alot.
> I'm using a patched vdr which does this, and so I don't have to configure udev 
> or use any scripts.

Does this also solve the actual problem of finding the /dev/videoK (or
whatever udev calls that) device for a given DVB device?


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