I really like the USBVIEW program (Google it!) and like to run it under Raspbian.
However, it doesn't work out-of-the-box, for a bunch of semi-related reasons. I will detail them here, but the underlying question is: Whose job is it to fix these? Who is responsible for the repositories and who is responsible for the inter-operability between the versions of software in the repositories and the specific configuration of the Raspbian OS? Those are the questions (and my primary reason for posting)...
Anyway, here's the story:
1) There are two versions of USBVIEW floating around - version 1.1 and version 2.0. 2.0 is fancier, but is in a way less aesthetically pleasing to look at. So, an argument can be made that you might prefer the 1.1 version.
2) The version in the repository is 1.1 - and there doesn't seem to be any plans to upgrade that. However, that version doesn't work. It doesn't work because it can't find the "devices" pseudo-file that drives the program. This is because it (this version) is compiled to use "usbdevfs", which is not in the standard Raspbian kernel. However, it can be made (I.e., hacked) to work - see below.
3) You can self-compile version 2.0 - as I have done - and it works out-of-the-box, almost. See next point...
4) The standard Raspbian kernel does include 'debugfs', but it is not mounted by default. Once you've configured your system to mount 'debugfs', then you can use your self-compiled version of USBVIEW 2.0.
5) The version in the repository (1.1) can be hacked to work, once you have 'debugfs' mounted, by making it use the 'devices' file from 'debugfs' (rather than the compiled-in default which assumes 'usbdevfs'). This requires some symlink trickery and hacking the 'usbview' binary. I've done this, but the details are beyond the scope of this posting. If you are comfortable hacking binaries, it is easy enough to figure out what to do.
Anyway, it would be nice if the repository version (what you get from 'apt-get install usbview') would work out-of-the-box on Raspbian. It would also be nice if it were the current version.