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Thu Jul 30 06:16:40 PDT 2009
On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 4:05 AM, Guy
Dalziel<krendoshazin at dementedfury.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 05:03:16AM -0000, DJ Lucas wrote:
>> Honestly, the only thing I can recall being a real problem is the hal
>> input patch for 1.5.3 (and old hal that didn't account for new udev).
> I don't use HAL myself, I tend to prefer to do everything by hand. I've heard,
> though, that X is going to use HAL to automatically grab all your system
> information, and that you won't need a xorg.config anymore. Personally, I
> don't see the need there either, 'Xorg -configure' usually does a pretty
> decent job and then you just run through it by hand. When it comes to things
> you write once and then forget about there isn't much need to make life easier.
Yeah, that's pretty much how it works. HAL tells the server when an
input device shows up and the settings come from the fdi system. The
big problem is that it interacts really poorly with InputDevice
sections in xorg.conf. I've been working on some patches to allow
better mixing of xorg.conf and HAL, but that would be a ways off and
I'm not sure the input maintainer will react very favorably to them.
However, the patch DJ's referring to is in the xserver-1.6 series if
you decide to go that route. I think most of the distros are using the
1.6 server on their newer releases.
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