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Re: graphics/xsane build failure

    Date:        Thu, 03 Sep 2009 13:47:12 -0400
    From:        maximum entropy <>
    Message-ID:  <>

  | I have been getting this error for about 2 weeks now, maybe more.

Since Aug 15 I would suspect.   That is when graphics/sane-backends was
last updated (ignoring the revbump's that the jpeg library change caused
to both sane-backends and xsane).

It appears that something insane is happening in the sane world...

See  (the xsane home page) for some details,
you want the "Latest News" (which is right there on the front page)
for Feb 16 - there the xsane author/maintainer predicts exacly
what will happen - and explicitly says that he will not be updating
xsane to handle problems caused by changes to sane-backends.

The last version of sane-backends to work with xsane seems to be 1.0.19
and pkgsrc now has (since Aug 15) 1.0.20

I'm not sure if 1.0.20 is necessary for anything else, or whether it was
just upgraded to that version "because it was newer", in the latter case
maybe sane-backends could be reverted to the previous version, but if
it is needed for other changes, then xsane looks to be dead for now (pkgsrc
could make a sane-backends19 package or something, but that's going to
conflict with sane-backends, which would not be a nice position to leave things
in, you'd have to pick either xsane or other sane tools, never all of it.

I suspect the only real solution is to bitch and moan at the people who
made sane-backends 1.0.20 incompatible with the previous version.


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