Subject: Re: Breaking binary compatibility for /dev/joy
To: Perry E. Metzger <email@example.com>
From: Jason R Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 04/17/2002 09:35:33
On Wed, Apr 17, 2002 at 10:32:25AM -0400, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> I would suggest that you post a proposal for the new interface so that
> people can get an idea of whether they think it is one that will last
> without having to be rev'ed again. I'd also suggest checking what
> other OSes (FreeBSD, Linux) do for this, so we don't become mindlessly
> software incompatible. It is reasonable to be incompatible if there is
> cause, but it is not useful to be incompatible gratuitously.
It seems that the right thing to do here is to invent a new "wsjoy"
device for wscons, which has all the features we need. wsjoy could be
self-describing (an ioctl for "tell me how many buttons you have, and
how many control axis you have", or something).
Then the ISA/PCI joystick and USB joystick and Dreamcast game controller
drivers would be back-ends for wsjoy, much like pms, mms, etc. are back-ends
-- Jason R. Thorpe <email@example.com>