[PATCH] Move the logic for matching devices out of probe routine.

Mario Limonciello mario_limonciello at dell.com
Mon Sep 14 12:49:45 PDT 2009

Hi Aaron:

Aaron Plattner wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 09:03:41AM -0700, Mario Limonciello wrote:
> I'd like to leave the driver as-is and instead work on improving the
> server's driver selection process.  Does that sound reasonable to you?
> Ideally, the server would be able to fall back even if a driver returns
> TRUE for ProbeHardware and then later fails PreInit, but that's even more
> ambitious.
> There have been a number of suggestions on the list about how to configure
> the server's driver selection process.  I'll try to round up some people at
> XDC and see if we come up with a concrete plan, and then I'll try to free
> up some time to help implement it.
As a long term goal this sounds great to me.  I'd like to have a short
term solution as well though if at all possible.  Knowing the 6 month
cadence that distributions such as Ubuntu & Fedora are running on, it
would be nice to have an "upstream supported" short term solution that
can be ripped out when the server's driver selection process has improved. 

As the situation stands today, if you try to boot some recent NVIDIA
hardware on the latest Ubuntu 9.10 or Fedora 12 snapshots (which are
about as close to upstream code as you can get), you'll end up with no
X.  So how would you feel about adding in the solution I presented (or
something similar) at least until you have agreement from the other X
developers and have a more permanent solution in place?


Mario Limonciello
*Dell | Linux Engineering*
mario_limonciello at dell.com

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