The libusb 1.0.9 adventure is still ongoing. In a previous article "libusb 1.0.9-rc1" I announced that the 1.0.9 official/stable version was expected for 21st of September 2011. Of course this did not happen :-(
With the upgrade of the Linux kernel in lots of distributions it looks like the 60 seconds delay issue is more present and/or occurs more often. So I get more bug reports. The problem is not pcsc-lite or the CCID driver. The bug is in libusb.
History of the bug #56
- The bug has been identified and a fix was proposed in April 2010.
- libusb-1.0.8 has been released in 4th May 2010 without the bug fixed.
- A fix has been committed in libusb git repository in September 10th, 2011.
- libusb 1.0.9-rc3 with the fix has not moved since September 22th, 2011.
- The patch is not yet available in the master branch, only in the testing branch.
This is the 4th article about this libsub bug. We already had:
- "new" version of libusb, March 30, 2011
- "new" version of libusb, part 2, May 5, 2011
- libusb 1.0.9-rc1, September 18, 2011
- and now libusb-1.0.9-rc3, December 3, 2011
How to get a fixed libusb?
$ git clone git://git.libusb.org/libusb.git $ cd libusb $ git branch testing origin/testing $ git checkout testing
If you want to use an already prepared .tar.bz2 archive I provide one at http://ludovic.rousseau.free.fr/softwares/pcsc-lite/libusb-1.0.9-rc3.tar.bz2.
ConclusionA lot of time and energy is lost by users of smart cards reporting bugs, and by me answering to bugs.
The bad news is that I don't see any positive signal for the future of libusb. I will continue to refer to the this article for any bug report mentioning a 60 seconds delay.