[RFC PATCH] Only open the console if the video driver needs hardware access.

Eric Anholt eric at anholt.net
Thu Oct 1 14:21:22 PDT 2009

On Thu, 2009-10-01 at 20:58 +0200, Mark Kettenis wrote:
> > Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2009 11:50:42 -0700
> > From: Jamey Sharp <jamey at minilop.net>
> > 
> > xf86OpenConsole fails as non-root, at least on Linux. Since the
> > xf86-video-dummy driver works fine without root privileges or console
> > access, just don't open the console.
> > ---
> > I wanted to see how to replace Xvfb and Xfake with an appropriate video
> > driver for the xfree86 DDX, and needing root privileges was obnoxious.
> > Aside from that problem, the existing dummy driver seems well on the way
> > to doing the job.
> > 
> > But I'm guessing this is the wrong way to solve this problem.
> I suspect so.  I think for example the wsfb driver on OpenBSD doesn't
> need "hardware access" in the xorgHWAccess sense, but still needs
> console access.

This seems related to jbarnes's non-root X stuff


Perhaps we need a flag for "this ddx needs console access" as well as
"this ddx needs io ports and such"

Eric Anholt
eric at anholt.net                         eric.anholt at intel.com

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