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Re: [gpsd-dev] Preparing for release

From: Eric S. Raymond
Subject: Re: [gpsd-dev] Preparing for release
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:08:42 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

Frank Nicholas <address@hidden>:
> > On Feb 18, 2015, at 5:05 AM, Eric S. Raymond <address@hidden> wrote:
> > 
> > It seems possible there is a bug in the Mac serial layer or specific
> > to the USB handling.  We've run into such issues before and had to
> > declare the Mac unsupported for a while until they got fixed.
> We have witnessed this on both OS X 10.9 & 10.10 (10.9 was released
> about 1.5 years ago).  The only GPS I have to test with is
> bluetooth, and I originally thought it might be related to
> bluetooth… With me seeing what appears to the the same issue, via
> bluetooth, it’s probably not a USB problem.

That is not happy.  It means that until we get a fix or workaround I'm
going to have to drop Mac OS X from the list of supported platforms.  

I'll add an entry to the Upstream Bugs page describing the problem.

> I have a USB GPS coming from Gary Miller (probably by this weekend).  I’ll be 
> able to do some more testing then, and eliminate the bluetooth factor from my 
> end.

A GR-601W, I presume?  Good.

> I’m not writing this to suggest a hold for release - I’m just adding
> information & announcing my plans for more testing.

Thanks for the heads-up.  The information that we've seen this over two major
versions was useful.
                <a href="";>Eric S. Raymond</a>

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