[Pkg-chromium-maint] chromium on arm (was: About Jessie and missing packages)

peter green plugwash at p10link.net
Tue Mar 31 10:33:29 UTC 2015

On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 1:21 AM, Umut KARCI <master.repeal at gmail.com 
<mailto:master.repeal at gmail.com>> wrote:

    I'm very grateful for your work on raspbian, I've been using it
    since the first pi. But currently I'm having a problem. I've
    upgraded to Jessie lately. Since yesterday, I can't install chromium
    browser, I checked mirrors and main repo, source packages are there
    but no deb packages.

Debian dropped arm support from their chromium packages because I 
couldn't get it to work when built with the toolchain Debian had at the 
time (this was in wheezy) and noone else was stepping up to fix it 
either. It was crashing and I was unable to get a usable backtrace from 
the crash.

See https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=696909 for more 
information on the many issues we had trying to keep chromium working on 

raspbian wheezy continues to ship the last chromium package I managed to 
make work. We are not currently shipping a chromium package in raspbian 
jessie. I don't recall exactly why I removed it but I think that the old 
version of chromium was no longer compatible with new library versions 
or something like that.

If there is to be a supported chromium package in raspbian going forward 
it needs to be dealt with on the Debian side first. Unfortunately 
chromium seems to be the package from hell.

It looks like since that time that the Debian chromium maintainers have 
tried to reenable armhf support on two occasions (in versions 
28.0.1500.71-1 and 29.0.1547.57-3+exp1) but in both cases the package 
failed to build. ccing the chromium maintainers to see if they have any 
> Are you recompiling jessie packages for better armv7 support?
The whole point of raspbian is to provide support for armv6. If you want 
armv7 optimised packages use Debian armhf.
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