FreeBSD Port: kaffeine-0.8.7

Tilman Linneweh arved at
Wed Nov 26 10:51:32 PST 2008

Hi Axel,

On Nov 26, 2008, at 18:48, Axel Burwitz wrote:
>  - DVB interface in FreeBSD / Kaffeine -
> with help from the maintainer of CX88 I finally made it to get a  
> Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1300 with CX88-driver support up and running in  
> FreeBSD (written a HowTo in
> Can scan channel and capture DVB-T with cx88 now.
> Now I tried to use Kaffeine, as recommended for DVB, as a viewer,  
> but it doesn't work at all. Kaffeine doesn't find the device.

The only DVB-devices that were reported to work with kaffeine on  
FreeBSD, where those using the driver from 

> My postings in the kaffeine-user ML showed that it looks like there  
> is a completely different interfacing in FreeBSD than in Linux.
> (can that be true?)

AFAIK there is no general interface for DVB Hardware in FreeBSD,  
every driver can use his own (actually there are not many drivers :- 
(), Looks like cx88 uses a different one, than the dvbusb driver.

> During analysis I was asked about the expected dvb device
> /dev/dvb/adpater0/frontend0
> but at least in my FreeBSD installation there are only three devices
> /dev/cx88mpeg0
> /dev/cx88video
> /dev/cx88audio.
Maybe Christophe is right, and you are missing the dvb part of the  

> The guy in the kaffeine-user ML was wondering even how I was able  
> to compile Kaffeine in FreeBSD... But: that was no problem at all.
Because the kaffeine port uses the linux header files.

Since i don't have this hardware, i can only say "Use the source  
Luke". Compare the Linux driver with the FreeBSD cx88 and dvbusb  
driver, and try to create similar devices.

Have fun!

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