[mythtv-users] Remote keys repeating way too fast

Doug Scoular (dscoular) dscoular at cisco.com
Sat Apr 17 10:54:06 UTC 2021

Hi Stephen,

> It looks like a kernel devinput driver problem, so I think the
> obvious fix is to go back to the last kernel that worked, if you
> can.

    Okay, I had managed to confuse myself over the kernel version that
    caused the IR key repeat problem. In my previous email I said that
    I thought it was 5.8.0-45-generic that caused the problem but now I
    realise it was actually 5.8.0-49-generic that caused my grief...

    * 2021-03-16  06:09:00 Install: linux-image-5.8.0-45-generic:amd64
    * 2021-04-14  06:48:02 Install: linux-image-5.8.0-49-generic:amd64

    I reverted back to 5.8.0-45 and the IR key repeat problem was

>    If you do a bug report (recommended), you may want to do a kernel
>    bisect to see where the problem first started.  At the moment, it
>    could be anywhere between 5.4.0-49 and 5.8.0-45.

    It's a long, long time since I compiled a kernel let alone
    embarked on a bug hunt but I think I manage to narrow things down a
    little (I've never even used git bisect before).

    Anyway, I think we can say that the problem may have been
    re-introduced by 5.8.0-49 and, unfortunately, 5.8.0-50 carries it

    Looking at the diffs between 5.8.0-45 and 5.8.0-49:

root at lisa:/mnt/store1/src/groovy/drivers/media/rc# git diff Ubuntu-5.8.0-45.51..Ubuntu-5.8.0-49.55 .

    I found the following suspicious Jan 5 2021 commit:

root at lisa:/mnt/store1/src/groovy/drivers/media/rc# git show c592cca3691db

    It looks like there's been an effort to harmonize infrared
    durations from nanosconds (one billionth of a second) to microseconds
    (one millionth of a second).

    The commit changed the drivers/media/rc/ir-mce_kbd-decoder.c and
    the drivers/media/rc/rc-main.c files specifically the rc_repeat()
    function in the latter file.

    The commit comment is:

        media: rc: fix timeout handling after switch to microsecond durations
        BugLink: https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1918516
        commit 06b831588b639ad9d94e4789b0250562228722c2 upstream.

        Commit 528222d853f92 ("media: rc: harmonize infrared durations to
        microseconds") missed to switch some timeout calculations from
        nanoseconds to microseconds. This resulted in spurious key_up+key_down
        events at the last scancode if the rc device uses a long timeout
        (eg 100ms on nuvoton-cir) as the device timeout wasn't properly
        accounted for in the keyup timeout calculation.

        Fix this by applying the proper conversion functions.

    I'm not sure if this is the culprit at all but it seems to be in the
    right area. I note that the kernel HEAD is still using the same
    code. There have been no changes to rc-main.c since the above.

root at lisa:/mnt/store1/src/groovy/drivers/media/rc# git diff Ubuntu-5.8.0-49.55..HEAD rc-main.c
root at lisa:/mnt/store1/src/groovy/drivers/media/rc#

    I'll try installing the latest kernel source, revert these two files
    and see if I can figure out how to recompile and install to see if it
    fixes the latest kernel.

    Many thanks for responding... it gave me the confidence to dig a bit



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