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Links to related software: Utilities




Manfred Weihs and Christian Gemeiner have created a tool called amdtpplay that plays an audio stream received from the a 1394 IEC 61883-6 audio device through the sound card. An example of a 61883-6 audio device is the Sony LISSA.

Channel changers (6200ch, sa3250ch, sa4200ch)


Tools to switch channels on cable TV set-top boxes: Motorola DCT-6200, Scientific Atlanta SA3250HD, SA4200HD



A command-line utility to backup any kind of data to a DV camcorder, written by Peter Schlaile who has worked on DV transmission over 1394 and the encoder in libdv.



Utility to grab DV from camcorder into AVI files.



DVTS is Digital Video Transport System, a collection of utilities for Linux, FreeBSDM and MacOSX, to send DV data over an IP network. You can use this, for example, with ethernet to overcome the current limitations with 1394 cable length.



From Oracle, Endpoint provides FireWire disk emulation. Endpoint turns a Linux machine with one or more FireWire cards into an SBP-2 device.

firecontrol (was ieee1394commander)


Manfred Weihs developed a simple console oriented tool based on libraw1394 to issue asynchronous read, write and lock commands to some nodes on the bus as well as to force bus resets. The main advantage of this tool over other available tools (like gscanbus) is (besides not requiring a graphical interface), that it reports the exact acknowledge and response codes and therefore is very useful for debugging purposes.



A Firewire version of the xmon kernel monitoring/debugging tool for PPC. In the words of Benjamin Herrenschmidt, the author:

So basically, my rsync kernel has the necessary support in it as of today (look at the bits in CONFIG_XMON_FW in arch/ppc/xmon/start.c), and the client tool can be downloaded from http://gate.crashing.org/~benh/firescope.tar.gz. The protocol is a bit basic (pmu like ? :) and currently, xmon don't like "losing" the link with firescope. That is, any xmon output should properly reach firescope at any time, but if xmon didn't have firescope attached when trying to _read_ (when entered), then it will continue to either ADB or serial code and will miss firewire completely. I will try to fix that one of these days so that xmon can take input from all possible sources at the same time.

Meanwhile, firescope has been extended by Andi Kleen.



Bernhard Kaindl's fireproxy forwards the gdb remote protocol to FireWire. It allows reading and writing remote memory by gdb.



Utility to display connected devices and do transactions.

Note, there are two highly useful patches in gscanbus' patch tracker which you should apply if you are going to build gscanbus from its original sources. One of the patches adds the command line option "-p n" which lets you chose between multiple FireWire controllers (select controller n instead of controller 0) if you have more than one FireWire controller in your machine.



IEEE1394Diag is a GUI application that presents a graphical view of an IEEE1394 network and provides the ability to perform common low-level 1394 operations.



This program for Linux receives MPEG-2 transport streams from an IEEE 1394 (FireWire) bus according to IEC 61883-4. It can decode one audio and video stream and present them on the local sound card and on the local display.



mpg1394grab is a Sony MicroMV capture utility. It works great with VideoLAN client.

mpg1394grab uses the first-generation isochronous interface of libraw1394. This interface is deprecated and has been removed from the raw1394 driver from Linux 2.6.23 onwards. Try test-mpeg2 from the libiec61883 source distribution as a newer replacement for mpg1394grab.



This small utility is able to show and optionally change the EEPROM contents of VIA VT6307 based controllers. Most notably this can switch OHCI 1.0 versions of such cards to OHCI 1.1 support.

In order to compile vt6307ohciver, you have to install libpci and its headers first. The necessary package is called something like pciutils-devel (Mandrake 10.1) or pciutils (Gentoo). To compile, use the command

$ gcc vt6307ohciver.c -o vt6307ohciver -lpci

(this works on Mandrake 10.1), or

$ gcc vt6307ohciver.c -o vt6307ohciver -lpci -lz

(this works on Gentoo).

Note, vt6307ohciver is also able to show EEPROM contents of VIA VT6306 (which it displays as type 6307). It is not yet clear whether it can also reprogram VT6306.

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