Update to exiv2 version 0.26

Bug #1715931 reported by Rik Mills on 2017-09-08
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
exiv2 (Debian)
Fix Released
exiv2 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

0.26 was released in April


"This release contains a large collection of new features, new lenses and bugfixes across all areas of Exiv2. "

Presumably debian stretch freeze interfered with a prompter update

Currently in debian exp here:


I was hoping to to get a new feature release of the very popular Digikam (5.7.0) into artful under a FFE, but that has bumped the minimum exiv2 build depend from 0.25 -> 0.26.

If due to rdeps etc an update in artful turns out not to be possible, I would like to target this for early in 18.04 LTS cycle.

Rik Mills (rikmills) on 2017-09-08
summary: - Update to evi2 version 0.26
+ Update to eviv2 version 0.26
summary: - Update to eviv2 version 0.26
+ Update to exiv2 version 0.26
tags: added: upgrade-software-version
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) on 2017-10-07
Changed in exiv2 (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Simon Quigley (tsimonq2) wrote :

Bump, was anything done with this?

Rik Mills (rikmills) wrote :

Seems not

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

At this point, this would require a Feature Freeze Exception to be considered for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.


You would need to be sure that you would be able to complete the transition:

Also, why don't you ask the Debian maintainer why this was uploaded to experimental but not unstable yet?

no longer affects: exiv2 (Ubuntu Bionic)
Ari (ari-reads) wrote :

Exiv2 0.25 as used by ubuntu 18.04 and the upcoming 18.10 is really obsolete and this brings all kinds of annoying problems with darktable - inability to recognize lenses and so on.

Even the current package in 18.10 is obsolete.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

The update is still in Debian/experimental and require a transition
Unsure if it's worth trying to do in Ubuntu before Debian though

tags: added: version-blocked
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

Several of those issues are fixed at https://github.com/Exiv2/exiv2 but it's going to be a bit of work to handle all of that in Debian or Ubuntu.

Ari (ari-reads) wrote :

Thanks Jeremy. It's a bit challenging for anyone doing photography work with recent hardware. Key apps like darktable and digicam rely on this library and ubuntu/debian are way behind. Last year's fedora had 0.26.

Flatpaks could help, I tried darktable's and it includes an updated exiv2, but it has a huge drawback, OpenCL doesnt work with flatpaks (or snaps) yet, so its useless in my case (my photography workstation is built specifically for photo editing with opencl)

I guess there is no choice but to try and build exiv2 manually and hope the system doesnt break :)

Changed in exiv2 (Debian):
status: Unknown → Fix Released
tags: removed: version-blocked
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