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TODO file:
1. COMPATIBILITY: dual-mode devices, i.e. devices exposing both an MTP
and a USB Mass Storage Device Class (flashdrive) interface are and
have always been problematic. We must find a way to get this to work,
eventually. The problem is that the in-kernel mass storage driver hogs
the device before the MTP mode gets a chance of being used, whereas
the Windows kernel driver apparently does it the other way around,
trying the MTP mode first and then not fall back on mass storage if
MTP is available. (For some more explanations se src/libusb-glue.h.)
This may involve kernel modifications. Perhaps it is only necessary
to tweak the udev config not to load USB mass storage support for
these devices. Dunno.
2. COMPATIBILITY: several devices tend to "hang" after disconnect,
needing to be unplugged and replugged before they can be used again.
We don't know why, it may be related to low-level USB behaviour that
is not exposed in the logs we read. On some devices it appear that
avoiding to release the USB interface after closing the PTP/MTP
session solves this, and might be a hint at how the Windows MTP stack
works: perhaps the Windows MTP daemon grabs the interface once the
device is plugged in, created a session and NEVER release it.
Thus only unplug or shutdown ends the session. This behaviour can be
emulated (sort of) by DEVICE_FLAG_NO_RELEASE_INTERFACE which will
make the device not release the USB low-level interface, though it'll
still close the session. But is it really desireable to have
as default? Not unless we run an MTP daemon as well, probably, and
the behaviour is questionable from an USB interoperability point
of view.
SPEEDUP fixes:
None known. libmtp is fast :-)
FEATURE fixes:
1. FEATURE: Support playback and volume setting on devices that have it.
(I don't have one that does - Linus.)
2. FEATURE: Support relevant events. MTP devices seen in existance provide
events for "object added" and "object deleted". These should result in
atleast a call to the cache update function.
3. FEATURE: Mechanism to retrieve the device icon device property, else if not
present, look for DevIcon.fil (Windows ICO format) and
DevLogo.fil (PNG Format) images from the device (if available).
4. FEATURE: Shared device access so that multiple client applications can have
an open connection to the device at the same time via a handle. For example,
it should be somehow possible to run mtp-detect at the same time as amarok or
mtpfs is connected to a device. This would require some form of resource
5. FEATURE: Implement an OpenSync backend for devices which have
calendaring, contact etc support.
1. FEATURE: Make an API that can return several devices and let the user
choose which one to operate, not just connect to the first one...
2. SPEED: Cache the object info for all items on the device.
Right now, ptp_getobjectinfo() is called repeatedly on the same
objects during startup, track listing, file listing, playlist listing,
album listing and whatever we implement tomorrow. A lot of useless
communication can be saved by cacheing this info. Notice that this
needs to be updated whenever flush_handles() is called too.
(This came from libgphoto2 implementing it!)
3. SPEED: Cache track metadata, file metadata etc in params->proplist.
4. SPEED: Whenever we add an object (file, track, playlist...) we
should only need to update the cache with relevant data. Atleast for
speedup caches.
5. COMPATIBILITY: account for different step sizes and intervals on some
numeric properties we set, make the functions round off when possible.
6. SPEED: Cache the supported object properties at first read/startup.
then use the cache to check for supported props instead of calling
out to PTP with ptp_mtp_getobjectpropssupported() every time.
The cache would be an array of size params->deviceinfo.ImageFormats_len
with a list for each format of the properties it will support. Notice
that this needs to be updated whenever flush_handles() is called too.
7. FEATURE: Make abstract playlists really become size -1 when created as
the ones created on the device instead of the current 1 byte size.
(Is this possible using enhanced commands? See TODO remarks in
the create_abstract_entity() function)
8. FEATURE: Integrate libmtp with HAL / D-Bus so applications can dynamically
know when a device has been plugged in or removed. Need a mechanism to
connect a specific hal UDI.
9. SPEEDUP: The recursive function that builds the folder tree is
O(n^2)! Atleast remove all non-folders (PTP associations) from the
list before we start sorting and building that tree. We walk the
entire list for each group of siblings right now!
10. FEATURE: program to autoprobe device interfaces on connection.
11. FEATURE: accomodate Googles uncached device needs.
12. FEATURE: rudimentary event interface.