Package Details: bcwc-pcie-git 0.5.7.r0.g82626d4-1

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Package Base: bcwc-pcie-git
Description: Reverse engineered Linux driver for the Broadcom 1570 PCIe webcam.
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Keywords: driver facetime macbook webcam
Licenses: unknown
Provides: bcwc-pcie, bcwc-pcie-dkms
Replaces: bcwc-pcie, bcwc-pcie-dkms
Submitter: WhyNotHugo
Maintainer: ivladak
Last Packager: ivladak
Votes: 26
Popularity: 0.94
First Submitted: 2015-12-23 14:14
Last Updated: 2021-01-21 21:04

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VKen commented on 2019-12-13 01:37

@Aetf: The declared version pkgver=0.0.0 does not coincide with the output of:

pkgver() {
  cd "$srcdir/$pkgname"
  printf "r%s.%s" "$(git rev-list --count HEAD)" "$(git rev-parse --short HEAD)"

During makepkg the execution modifies PKGBUILD file's declaration of pkgver=0.0.0 to the output of pkgver() == 'r242.ea832ac'.

On my AUR helper "yay", it continually keeps trying to update, rebuild, install, every time I run yay -Syu.

Do you experience this update/install with every run as well?

This package depends on upstream git branch. I've taken a look at other similar git packages like "networkmanager-git"

Their declared pkgver coincides with the output of pkgver(). Their package doesn't trigger the self-update on every invocation of package sync update of the AUR helper.

Aetf commented on 2019-12-10 19:36

@GusevAG it's the same. master is the default branch anyway.

GusevAG commented on 2019-12-10 19:26

@Aetf it works perfectly! before I read your comment, I added #branch=master after the source to the PKGBUILD btw (no idea was it successful or not, but it works)

Aetf commented on 2019-12-10 18:45

@adbjesus thanks for pointing out. I just updated the PKGBUILD to use the master branch.

@GusevAG please try the latest version.

PS. I updated the version number on AUR to always be 0.0.0, making it in line with other git packages I manage on AUR. This way the package will always be shown as updated when using AUR helpers so you can pull the latest changes from the upstream. When building, makepkg will derive the correct version number.

GusevAG commented on 2019-12-10 15:34

@adbjesus wow, that is very important point! thank you for pointing at it! I had no clue about different branches and I have no idea how to change it to master in PKGBUILD could you please give me an example or a picture of what to change exactly and where? I will really appreciate it!

UPD: is it just about changing to



adbjesus commented on 2019-12-10 09:20

I was having trouble using this for linux-lts and reported it upstream,

The owner of the repo suggested using the master branch instead of the mainline and also that the master branch should work fine for all kernels. I quickly tested it and it seems to work fine on both linux and linux-lts so it might be worth updating the PKGBUILD to use master instead. Or is there some reason to be using the mainline branch?

GusevAG commented on 2019-12-08 19:04

@eblau well, for some reason this is what i get

$ v4l2-ctl --list-devices
Cannot open device /dev/video0, exiting.


$ sudo lspci
02:00.0 Multimedia controller: Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries 720p FaceTime HD Camera

eblau commented on 2019-12-08 12:48

@GusevAG no, I didn't have to do anything special. The package already makes sure the modules are loaded after they are installed. facetimehd shows up as loaded for me and if I follow the guide here:

I see the device show up:

$ v4l2-ctl --list-devices 
Apple Facetime HD (PCI:0000:02:00.0):

It "just works" in any program that uses the standard access to /dev/videoX

GusevAG commented on 2019-12-07 19:02

@eblau wow, thats fantastic, were any additional tweaks required to make it run? because i cant manage to run it...

eblau commented on 2019-12-07 16:35

@GusevAG yes, the new version works for me. At least it works in zoom for web conferencing and the "lighter" tool I use for capturing ambient light levels and adjusting the screen and keyboard backlights still works fine.

I also have a 13" mid-2015 MacBook Pro. Here's the model:

Apple Inc. MacBookPro12,1/Mac-E43C1C25D4880AD6, BIOS 06/14/2019