FreeBSD Port: kaffeine-0.8.7

Axel Burwitz axel.burwitz at
Thu Nov 27 03:44:43 PST 2008

On Wed, 26 Nov 2008 19:48:16 +0100, Tilman Linneweh <arved at>  

> 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 
> dvbusb/
>> 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  
> driver.

Hi Tilman,

well, I think no, because I checked the installation directly with the  
maintainer of cx88.

With the cx88 executable I can scan DVB-T channels, I can capture into a  
file, and I can capture a DVB-T transmission into a udp port and at the  
same time receive and diplay that transmission from the udp port with  
mplayer (OK, not perfect quality, but...). That shows for me that DVB  
works here.

>> 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.

First, would like to be able, but I am not a developer/programmer, I can  
only contribute with testing, translating, documentation.

Second, I think to have what you have mentioned above - a general  
interface for DVB Hardware in FreeBSD - would be the right approach for  
all drivers (coming from left side) and viewer programs (coming from right  
side), as a standard interface. Better than trying to adapt to a situation  
that most probably is only valid accidently and specifically at this point  
in time.

Just a thought and I have no clue what the process would be in FreeBSD to  
come to such a standard interface.

Best regards

> Have fun!
> arved

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