Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

#314 closed System Defect (fixed)

Webcam / DVB-T USB stick not usable

Reported by: lme Owned by:
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: System Configuration Version: 8.1-RC1
Keywords: Cc: trac-bugs@…


8.1-RC1 ships with webcamd and cuse4bsd installed and loaded by default, which is very good. :)
But webcams / dvb devices don't work with the shipped configuration.
A normal user needs access rights to the appropriate devices.
Attached is a patch for devfs.rules and devfs.conf which sets the permissions.
BTW: There's no need to change the group ownership of the devices to "operator" when mode 666 is set -- anyone already has full access to the devices.

Most DVB devices also need their firmware loaded. Please take a look at
It would be good to place all those firmware files in /boot/modules where webcamd expects them (and knows by itself which firmware to load).

Attachments (2)

devfs.conf.patch (337 bytes) - added by lme 5 years ago.
devfs.rules.patch (325 bytes) - added by lme 5 years ago.

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Change History (5)

Changed 5 years ago by lme

Changed 5 years ago by lme

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by lme

One addition:
pbidir's VLC package is missing DVB support (enabled by VLC port's OPTIONS by default) so even if you have the firmware for the device and webcamd loaded you have no app to watch TV.
It's possible to watch TV with VLC, mplayer (with V4L enabled in OPTIONS), and kaffeine.
But you still need to have a channels.conf which can be downloaded for your region or created with multimedia/w_scan. w_scan is CLI only, so a GUI frontend would be very helpful. Doesn't need to do a lot, just ask the user for which country it should scan and write the channels.conf to ~/.mplayer and create a VLC shortcut which calls 'vlc ~/channels.conf'.

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by kris

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

I'm not sure if we will be doing a GUI front-end to w_scan anytime soon. However have you tried confirming that vlc DVB support works in the FreeBSD port? I'm guessing it will be broken there, and need to be fixed before it starts working in the PBI.

I've committed your patches just now for devfs as well BTW, thanks!

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by lme

Thanks for committing the fixes.
I can confirm that VLC build from ports work with webcamd and my DVB-T stick.

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