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

Shawn Landden shawnlandden at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 13:03:03 UTC 2015

On Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 3:33 AM, peter green <plugwash at p10link.net> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 1:21 AM, Umut KARCI <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.
I was the initial porter. I will get back to this when I get a ARM laptop again.
> 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
> armhf.
> 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 comments.
> 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.

Liberty equality fraternity or death,

Shawn Landden

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