[sane-devel] Schedule for release of sane-backends 1.0.25

Luiz Angelo Daros de Luca luizluca at gmail.com
Fri Sep 11 17:39:47 UTC 2015

Thanks for the mention Olaf,

Adding more to the subject, there are more patches (including some not
mine) which would be interesting to be upstreamed:

I'll try to explain their motivations:
* 002-remove-uneeded.patch: as configure does not offer an option to
disable docs and tests, this was done with a patch. I would be interesting
to have --disable-docs and --disable-testsuites
* 010-dont-add-host-include-path.patch: search for header using absolute
path is problematic by itself. For cross-compiling, this is prohibit as
headers are not from the host machine.
* 020-inb_outb.patch: this is already commented in previous message to
* 030-musl.patch: the u_char/u_long fix. Maybe some autoconf check could
deal with this.
* 040-remove-cups-deps.patch: this I got from sane-devel, so it is already
* 050-remove_linked_libs_for_unused_preload.patch: Currently, libsane link
is somehow bruteforce. It links any library a backend might need. As
already commented inside the Makefile, the correct behavior would be to
link only libraries for those backends built-in libsane. As I'm not using
built-in backends, I simply removed them. This would need some autoconf
magic for a proper fix.
* 060-dont_detatch_after_join.patch: another one I sent the list. This was
discussed in list but not fix merged.
* 070-sane-backends-1.0.24-format-security.patch: this is from fedora. I
got a gcc error because the usage of -Werror=format-security. Current sane
git code is different from 1.0.24 and I did not checked calmly if it still

And there are more patches at fedora that might be interesting too:


Em sex, 11 de set de 2015 às 11:15, Olaf Meeuwissen <
paddy-hack at member.fsf.org> escreveu:

> m. allan noah writes:
> > It has been 2 years since our last release, so here we go again:
> >
> > Timetable:
> > Sept 19, 2015: Feature freeze (only bugs, translation and doc updates)
> > Sept 26, 2015: Code freeze (only horrible bugs, translation and doc
> updates)
> > Oct 03, 2015: Release
> >
> > Note, it is highly likely that there are patches from end users which
> > we failed to apply. If you know of such a case, please speak up, so we
> > can start a dialog about including them in the release. Olaf has been
> > doing some of this work, but he could use some help from backend
> > authors as well as end users.
> After following and occasionally responding to the list @the-office for
> well over a decade, I have finally decided to volunteer some of my free
> time to the SANE project.  In an attempt to avoid confusion, I will be
> using my member.fsf.org mail account for my volunteer effort related
> mails.
> The main reason that I decided to volunteer was that I think that the
> SANE project could use a janitor, somebody who looks after all of the
> stuff that is not really backend specific.  This kind of work I can't
> do @the-office where I am forced to wear a "corporate hat", so in the
> end I concluded that doing this in my "free" time was the only way to
> get any SANE Project Janitor work done.  I'll be wearing a "community
> hat" in my free time ;-)
> There you have it, I'll be your self-appointed SANE Project Janitor for
> as long as it'll last.
> I have a couple of things on my mental todo list but for now let's focus
> on getting sane-backends-1.0.25 out by 2015-10-03.
> I have trudged through the mailing list archive all the way back to
> 2015-01-01 looking for patches that have not been applied.  Most of
> these have been committed recently.  Some of those were confirmed as not
> really meant for master.  There are still a few things that I mean to
> get to that were posted after Allan sent the first notice for a new
> release.  Also, Luiz and Matteo (the OpenWRT folks?) recently have been
> "inundating" the list with patches that I will have a look at.
> I am not comfortable (yet) committing directly to the git repository on
> Alioth.  For the time being, I will prep proposed upgrade (pu) branches
> on my clone of master at GitLab[1] and ask the more seasoned developers
> to pull specific branches.  Those pu branches will be based on patches
> that are sent to or mentioned on the list or some of my own work.
>  [1] https://gitlab.com/sane-project/backends/branches
> > During the period leading up to the release, it would be helpful if we
> > could get some builds on various platforms, and tests done with
> > various scanners. The sooner we discover problems, the better.
> With respect to the build, I would like to see any changes to the build
> system in as soon as possible.  That is, any changes to configure.in,
> acinclude.m4 and any of the Makefile.am files should go in real soon.
> These kind of changes are most likely to lead to hiccups when building
> on less common systems.  Backend specific changes are much less likely
> to be affected by build system idiosyncracies (unless they explicitly
> rely on them of course).
> Luiz mentioned issues with u_char and u_long as well as with inb and
> outb that may affect the build system.  Matteo's PNG and JPEG patches
> also affect the build system.  I will have a look at all of these first
> but in the mean time feel free to take a look at any of the unassigned
> bugs[2] or feature requests[3] at Alioth.
>  [2]
> https://alioth.debian.org/tracker/index.php?group_id=30186&atid=410366
>  [3]
> https://alioth.debian.org/tracker/index.php?group_id=30186&atid=410369
> Looking at some recent activity[4], I see that some of the developers
> have been cleaning up a bit already.  Thanks, that'll make my janitor
> "job" a bit easier ;-)
>  [4] https://alioth.debian.org/activity/?group_id=30186
> Finally, I won't be around during the weekend of the code freeze.  I've
> got a 45km trail run that weekend.  I will have Monday through Wednesday
> off after the feature freeze weekend though!  But then again, we may go
> off camping for a day or two during that period.  Guess I'll just get to
> doing janitorial work whenever I have time and feel like it.
> Hope this helps,
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