I think this really should be in hoary since it makes USB troubleshooting a lot easier

David Brownell david-b at pacbell.net
Mon Jan 31 19:36:08 CST 2005

Hi Matt,

On Monday 31 January 2005 5:03 pm, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 01, 2005 at 01:53:39AM +0100, Kristof Vansant wrote:
> > David Brownell released version 0.70 of the usbutils package. ...
> I would be a bit uncomfortable with bringing this new version into Hoary at
> the present time, as we are very close to feature freeze and need to begin
> stabilization soon.  hal and hotplug (both critical infrastructure) seem to
> tie into usbutils, though the hotplug integration may only be for 2.4
> kernels, I haven't looked.
> I would be open to input from David about this, however,

If you're tracking Debian, it's pretty close to this version already.
Closer than most other distros, for that matter.  The package has
two things:

 - "lsusb", used only when troubleshooting.  Not gonna break
   booting or anything nasty.

 - "usbmodules", the only hotplug tie-in ... which hasn't really
   changed in years, it's not going to be _newly_ broken either.

In fact if you're using udev and hal, on a 2.6 kernel, you may
already be in the position where "usbmodules" is more of a
hindrance than a help.  Current hotplug on 2.6 is happier without
it; it has logic to scan sysfs.

> based on our 
> published release schedule:
> http://www.ubuntu.com/wiki/HoaryReleaseSchedule
> If it fixes many bugs, and the risk is low, we can update to this version,
> but if we are to do so, it must be soon, to ensure sufficient testing.

If your "lsusb" claims to be a version 0.12, then you're already much
of the way to this version ... low risk to upgrade from that, even though
that was never an official version.

I'd strongly encourage updating; it's very unlikely to destabilize you,
and does include fixes compared to what I understand Debian has shipped.

- Dave

> -- 
>  - mdz

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