[arch-dev-public] Dropping LIRC kernel drivers

Bartłomiej Piotrowski bpiotrowski at archlinux.org
Thu Jan 15 20:06:18 UTC 2015

On Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:25:41 +0100
Lukas Fleischer <archlinux at cryptocrack.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> 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 maintainer.
> Opinions?
> Regards,
> Lukas
> [1]
> https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/arch-dev-public/2013-October/025541.html
> [2] http://sourceforge.net/p/lirc/mailman/message/33235360/

I'm always in favor of dropping third party modules whenever we can.
The second option makes more sense to me, but both are sane, so it is
your call.

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