Problem with the gspcav1-20071224 web cam driver

After downloading the gspcav1-20071224 web cam driver to use a Logitech QuickCam Chat in openSuse 11.1 I was not able to complete this outlined procedure. When I entered the configure command {./configure} in the Gnome Terminal, the following message appeared onscreen:

bash: ./configure: No such file or directory

The Read and Install file states:

Well, first you need to compile the driver (see below), then you need to make
sure that the v4l infrastructure is set up and then load the driver. After
you’ve done that, any v4l enabled application, such as spcaview, gqcam, xawtv,
gnomemeeting, camE etc should work.

How is the v4l infrastructure set up? Will then the remaining tar commands work properly in openSuse 11.1?

That is:



make install

Your kind assistance will be highly regarded.

Try to run it as root not as a normal user. Maybe that will help
By the way don’t forget to install gcc, make and kernel-source.

P.S. You need to unpack the driver first and then open terminal in that folder

The gspcav1.20071222.tar.gz site is

and the outlined procedure site is tuXfiles - the Linux newbie help files, tutorials, and tips

The exact outlined procedure site is Compiling and installing software from source in Linux

Could you please outline how to “install gcc, make and kernel source”?

gcc and kernel source can both be installed through YaST.


I’m curious if you solved this problem as I have the same.

It seems to be kernel issues. The 1-click install as promoted by SuSE does not work either. Bad news, sort of regret updating from a very well running 10.3 version.

I strolled around somenwhat and it seems that the gspca module is included in the kernel which comes with 11.1:


Anyway, the additional gspcav1-20071224 webcam driver fails to compile on the call “#include <asm/semaphore.h>”. Probably this kernel lib is not available anymore in the new kernel.

I also found an exlanation by an expert explaining the usefulness of a libv4l developed by him to solve some decompression issue. This lib is also by default included in 11.1.

See also hansdegoede: Fedora 9, kernel 2.6.27 and webcams

Still, the device doesn’t work, but the workaround is to put this in front of each command you use:
“LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/”. So, you can edit f.i. the desktop icon on skype, the command being “LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ skype”. My video (046d:08da Logitech, Inc. QuickCam Messanger" works this way. not in kdetv by the way.

Hope this helps.


Willem Keizer