gspca webcams (video4linux)

Wouter Stomp wouterstomp at
Wed Sep 17 13:54:13 BST 2008

On Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 7:33 PM, Kees Cook <kees at> wrote:
> Hi,
> With 2.6.27, the gspca webcam drivers have moved into the mainline kernel.
> As part of that move, all the in-kernel format-conversion routines have
> been moved out of the kernel into userspace.  However, Intrepid does
> not yet have this userspace element -- libv4l.  It[2] is presently
> sitting in Debian NEW, and I think we need to get it into Intrepid
> to try to minimize[3] the regression for these webcams.  (Presently,
> any of the gspca webcams doing format-conversion (all?) will appear to
> have regressed.)
> Anyone using applications with these webcams will need to use the
> PRELOAD stuff[4] to make them work again.  So, in addition to libv4l,
> would it be possible to get the gstreamer patches needed to support
> this?
> -Kees
> [1]
> [2];package=libv4l
> [3]
> [4]

Is there any progress on this? Libv4l still isn't in either debian or
ubuntu. This would be a huge regression for intrepid otherwise.


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