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As you can see {{VLCSourceFile|name=include/vlc_access.h}}, you should define:
As you can see {{VLCSourceFile|name=include/vlc_access.h}}, you should define:
* Seek
* Seek
* Control
* Control
* Read or Block
* Read or Block
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Revision as of 16:09, 11 November 2010


The modules of 'access' capability are designed to be the first and last elements of a modules chain.

Access input and output handles most of the basic I/O for VLC. They are usually protocols implementations (http, ftp,...) or devices access (Webcams, Capture cards).

We will discuss about 'input access' in this page.

Starting to write an access module

To write an access module, read the introduction to module writing.

Then, you should specify your module of being of access type:

set_capability( "access", 60 )  
set_category( CAT_INPUT )                                                                                                                                                                                  
set_subcategory( SUBCAT_INPUT_ACCESS )

Functions to implement

After implementing Open() and Close() functions, you will need to implement a few majors features that will be implemented by your functions.

As you can see include/vlc_access.h, you should define:

  • Seek
  • Control
  • Read or Block

int (*pf_seek) ( access_t *, uint64_t ); /* can be null if can't seek */

 91     /* pf_read/pf_block is used to read data.
 92      * XXX A access should set one and only one of them */
 93     ssize_t     (*pf_read) ( access_t *, uint8_t *, size_t );  /* Return -1 if no data yet, 0 if no more data, else real data read */
 94     block_t    *(*pf_block)( access_t * );                  /* return a block of data in his 'natural' size, NULL if not yet data or eof */
 96     /* Called for each seek.
 97      * XXX can be null */
 98     int         (*pf_seek) ( access_t *, uint64_t );         /* can be null if can't seek */
100     /* Used to retreive and configure the access
101      * XXX mandatory. look at access_query_e to know what query you *have to* support */
102     int         (*pf_control)( access_t *, int i_query, va_list args);


Generally speaking, access input will provide Read() functions and output Write().

Both needs to provide Seek() and Control() even if the underlying architecture does not support these actions. In this case, Seek() and Control() should return VLC_EGENERIC, although Control() might need to answer ACCESS_OUT_CONTROLS_PACE requests. See modules/access_output/http.c about using a source without seeking.