Re: QCAM 0.3 now available.

On Tue, 9 Jan 1996, Paul Haas wrote:
> On Tue, 9 Jan 1996, Russell Nelson wrote:
> > And the probe program just takes the resultant value and writes it
> > into qcam.conf.  Seems like that gives the desired behavior in all
> > cases.
> Except when there are 2 or more cameras.  I realize it is a small nit. 
> I will probably have more than one Quickcam in the not too distant 
> future.  It'll be easy to customize the code, but I'd rather not have to.
> Or did I miss something, and we can have multiple Quickcam listed in 
> qcam.conf?

I'll try to remember the multiple-camera case in the future.  

What I think I'm going to try to do is extend probeqcam to be a bit 
more agressive in finding the camera.  Then I can make probeqcam write 
out a qcam.conf file to stdout, and the user can copy it to the correct 
location.  This way I can try to work in automatic brightness setting, 
and maybe make everyone a bit more happy.

I don't like the idea of the program automatically re-writing its 
config file in /usr/local/etc/qcam.conf -- if the user goes to the 
trouble to writing a config file, I think the program should use it.  
You know, "the user knows best" and all of that?  I guess I could make 
the program create the file if it doesn't exist, though.  That's 
shouldn't be a problem.

I want to finish a few other things before I write this, so I'm not 
promising anything for 0.4, but this is fairly important.  Any time 
spent making installation easier now will more than repay itself in 
email support time when this becomes generally available :-).  This is 
my 92nd outgoing email message this year -- anything to reduce my mail 
load is probably a good thing.  Don't take this as a suggestion not to 
send me email or anything -- I just wanted to say I'm busy.

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