[Pkg-lirc-maint] Bug#810445: lirc: please switch to libusb 1.0

Stefan Lippers-Hollmann s.l-h at gmx.de
Sat Jan 9 00:05:59 UTC 2016


On 2016-01-08, Aurelien Jarno wrote:
> Package: lirc
> Version: 0.9.0~pre1-1.2
> Severity: wishlist
> Dear Maintainer,
> lirc has a build-depends on libusb-dev. A few years ago upstream
> has released a new major version libusb 1.0 with a different API which
> aims to fix design deficiencies with USB 2.0 and 3.0 in mind.
> The old libusb 0.1 package is not supported upstream anymore and should
> be considered deprecated.

[ this will be basically the same answer as for libftdi1, so feel free
  to skip reading one ]

What is the rough time frame you have in mind for removing libusb-0.1-4
from unstable?

I'm asking because there are two options:

- pushing the current upstream version, with a transition, involving 
  around 30 rdepends, needing sourceful uploads for most of them, and 
  a rather complex device specific config migration, plus some pending 
  packaging work


- backporting (looks to be pretty reasonable) the necessary changes for 
  libusb 1.0 to lirc 0.9.0 (or 0.9.1, which 'only' needs the config 
  migration, but not the library transition and the corresponding 
  transition slot).

Depending on your schedule, I can look into the targeted backports,
but naturally I'd prefer to avoid that (as long as lirc won't be
one of the final blockers).

	Stefan Lippers-Hollmann
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