[blfs-support] Xorg and dbus

Dan McGhee beesnees at grm.net
Sat Nov 30 07:15:24 PST 2013

On 11/30/2013 09:08 AM, Armin K. wrote:
> On 30.11.2013 15:48, Dan McGhee wrote:
>> There are many packages in BLFS whose purpose and functions I don't
>> really understand.  Even when I try to learn about them the descriptions
>> are cryptic and I still have questions.  Dbus is one of those.
>> I've installed it because it was a dependency for either dhcpcd or
>> wpa_supplicant.  But now that I have it, I want to make it "earn its
>> keep."  I know that it allows one application to "talk" to another one,
>> but that's the extent of my knowledge.
>> While looking for something else, I discovered a configure switch in
>> xorg-server--"--enable-config-dbus."  I'm thinking about re-building the
>> server with this enabled.  What gain or advantage is there? Would
> No. It's obsoleted by udev.
>> someone please give me an example?  One thing that I thought of was it
>> might be useful when I build network manager.  If my thinking is
> That's only true for wpa_supplicant. NM uses DBus to communicate with it.
>> correct, then network manager in graphics mode, xorg, my window manager
>> and wpa_supplicant could all "talk back and forth" to one another.  Am I
>> on the right track or is this over-simplified? Or is it irrelevant?  :)
> XServer and DBus are no-go on Linux anymore. I believe that DBus was
> necessarry for communication with HAL (back in its days), but HAL is
> long obsolete on Linux.
>> Thanks,
>> Dan
As usual, Armin, you have been quite helpful. Thanks.

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