[arch-dev-public] Dropping LIRC kernel drivers

Lukas Fleischer archlinux at cryptocrack.de
Thu Jan 15 19:25:41 UTC 2015


This was discussed back in 2013 already [1]; we should drop the
remaining LIRC kernel driver shipped with lirc and move it to
[unsupported]. It has been declared dead by upstream in [2]. I am going
to do that when bumping the lirc package to 0.9.2.

There are two options:

* Move the lirc package (which contains only the kernel driver) to
  [unsupported] and keep the lirc-utils package (which is the official
  LIRC project).

* Rename the lirc-utils package to lirc and upload the lirc driver
  package to the AUR under another name. I would suggest wpc87691, as
  that is the only kernel module from lirc that is not included in the
  kernel yet. This requires a news entry on the front page.

The first option means that users won't end up with a removed driver
module but we would have to keep using the name lirc-utils for what is
called lirc upstream. The second option means that pacman will
auto-remove the wpc87691 driver and a small group of users will have to
manually reinstall the module from [unsupported]. FWIW, Fedora has been
using the package name lirc for what we have been calling lirc-utils for
a long time and the Fedora package maintainer is the current upstream



[1] https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/arch-dev-public/2013-October/025541.html
[2] http://sourceforge.net/p/lirc/mailman/message/33235360/

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