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

Aurelien Jarno aurel32 at debian.org
Sat Jan 9 00:20:15 UTC 2016

On 2016-01-09 01:05, Stefan Lippers-Hollmann wrote:
> Hi
> 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 currently don't have a time frame in mind for libusb 0.1. Ideally that
should be done for stretch, but given the number of involved packages it
might be only for buster. That's why have opened theses bugs with
severity "wishlist".

For libftdi, I hope we can do that before the stretch freeze.

> 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
> or
> - 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).

Don't rush anything for now. I'll send an update once there are less
blockers involved.


Aurelien Jarno                          GPG: 4096R/1DDD8C9B
aurelien at aurel32.net                 http://www.aurel32.net
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