libusb and usbutils

John Frankish frankish at
Mon Dec 29 00:47:44 PST 2008

At 12:14 29-12-08, you wrote:
>We have a problem with libusb and usbutils.
>libusb has released 1.0.0 on 2008-12-13.
>usbutils is at version 0.73 released on 2007-10-24.
>usbutils configure  wants a function, usb_get_string_simple(), that is not in
>libusb-1.0.0.  There are functions libusb_get_string_descriptor() and
>libusb_get_string_descriptor_ascii() vi in the new libusb.  The 
>second seems to
>use the same parameters as usb_get_string_simple().
>As I see it, there are a few things that we can do.
>1.  Just leave out usbutils for now.
>2.  Revert to the earlier version of libusb.
>3.  Try to hack usbutils to use the new libusb.  Looking at the code, this is
>non-trivial and I don't have the time or inclination to do it.
>4.  Try to install both the old and new versions simultaneously.
>5.  There is a libusb-compat-0.1 compatibility layer.  It aims to 
>look, feel and
>behave exactly like libusb-0.1. As it is a replacement, you cannot install it
>alongside libusb-0.1 on the same system.
>There have only been about 4 messages since January in the usbutils 
>mailing list
>(none since September) so it is not very active.  Waiting for a new 
>release may
>take a long time.
>The following packages use libusb:
>It's unlikely that any use the new libusb.
>Opinions on what to do?  I'm leaning toward #5.
>    -- Bruce

I could be wrong, but I think I took libusb from svn/git/cvs and 
things compiled OK.


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