lcdproc: Futaba dm-140gink VFD device needs driver

Bug #302919 reported by Stefan Pappalardo on 2008-11-27
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
lcdproc (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: lcdproc

1) $ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 8.10
Release: 8.10

2) $ apt-cache policy lcdproc
  Installiert: 0.5.2-0ubuntu2
  Kandidat: 0.5.2-0ubuntu2
 *** 0.5.2-0ubuntu2 0
        500 intrepid/universe Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

3) I expected that my VFD (Futaba dm-140gink) will work with lcdproc.

4) The device was not supported by this version of lcdproc package.

I found a ppa with a working package (0.5.2-0ubuntu2pavka4) here:

Please activate support for dm-140 in regular package.


Stefan Pappalardo (sjuk) on 2008-11-27
description: updated
Jure Sah (dustwolfy) wrote :

I join this request.

MarcRandolph (mrand) wrote :

I see that lcdproc 0.5.3 is being readied for release upstream. I assume it supports this device?
It is rare that Mythbuntu (or Ubuntu in general) makes patches and releases items between the normal 9.04 and 9.10 release though, so you may just have to use a PPA or compile it yourself until then. I suppose a -backport could be requested.

This all assumes that 0.5.3 really does support this device, however.

Changed in mythbuntu:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
MarcRandolph (mrand) on 2009-05-21
summary: - Please add dm140 driver
+ lcdproc: Futaba dm-140gink VFD device needs driver
Pavel Mlčoch (pavkamlc) wrote :

On the homepage lcdproc isn't version 0.5.3, this is only on sourceforge, but I don't found dm140 driver in this.

MarcRandolph (mrand) wrote :

Does not look like lcdproc 0.5.3 includes a driver for this.

Changed in lcdproc (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
Stefan Pappalardo (sjuk) wrote :

There won't be a driver for the Futaba dm-140gink VFD since the developer of lcdproc gets one sended.

@ Pavel Mlcoch: Please contact the third-party (Henlar?!?) who delivered the package with the implemented dm140-driver and bid him to send the sourcecode of the driver to the lcdproc-developers.

After that we can look forward to let the driver to be included in the development tree, and perhaps being in the next stable release.


Jure Sah (dustwolfy) wrote :

Here is a lot of discussion regarding this driver:

The link may be helpful in getting the problem solved.

Jure Sah (dustwolfy) wrote :

Attachment contains dm140.c and dm140.h, from Henrik Larsson's package (LCDProc 0.5.2).

Need anything else?

MarcRandolph (mrand) wrote :

Howdy DustWolf: are you aware if this patch has been passed on to the lcdproc group (I believe they are at If not, could you please do so? It is *much* easier for Ubuntu to pick up patches directly from upstream if necessary.

Thank you for helping!

Stefan Pappalardo (sjuk) wrote :

Hello DustWolf, could you please proove that the driver mets the conditions in the Comment of your feature request at lcdproc.

Thank you

Jure Sah (dustwolfy) wrote :

It doesn't.

Stefan Pappalardo (sjuk) wrote :

Thanx. Is there anything we can do to improve the driver to meet the conditions of lcdproc?
Or can you contact the developer to let him know that there is something to fix?

Pavel Mlčoch (pavkamlc) wrote :

I think project lcdproc is in awful state :(

Stefan Pappalardo (sjuk) wrote :

I've changed to another hardware cause my barbone got broken. So there is nothing I can help with this issue any more.

Thomas Mashos (tgm4883) on 2015-01-12
tags: added: downstream
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