Simultaneous multi-user setup on sepate VT's
svetljo at gmx.de
Sat Sep 18 13:46:33 PDT 2004
> Good day!
Good day 2 U 2
> I've read through all the docs and googled for hours - but I haven't
> been able to find an answer to my question. Please forgive me if this
> is the wrong place to ask the question, but I figured the best people to
> ask for guidance on this topic would be the developers.
> I want to set up a box with multiple simultaneous users. That is - two
> keyboard/mouse pairs and two separate x sessions running on separate
> video card/monitor pairs - all on the same box.
> I've read that this can be done with the Backstreet Ruby work and
> XFree86, however I also noticed that X11r6.8 now has the new kbd driver
> by default, and reading through the configuration documentation it looks
> like it should be possible to define ServerLayouts to achieve the
> multi-user setup.
> Has anyone tried this? If so, is there anything I should know before a
> shot in the dark?
> If no one has tried it - should it be possible, in theory, with the
> current architecture? I'll have a go if it is plausible and write up my
> If it's not possible with the current release, is there any plan to have
> such features in a future release?
nope, currently not possible with unpatched linux/xfree :(
i've tried several times to submit a patch for inclusion
but i never got a reply :(
there are some talks about the future, but as i see it
it wont be any time soon, IIRC the last discussions
could be find at dri-devel & fb-devel ml's
what now works (and maybe it's already for 2 years)
could be solved by patching X and/or linux
so there are two issues
(have in mind that this is (b)ruby POW,
not speaking of Miguel way)
every new instance of X blocks PCI access for
all previous X instancies
this is addressed by patching X with the patch
from the bruby web page or the newer version
that's in debian's xfree
or mandrake's x.org (applies to xorg-6.8.1
the kernel(having linux in mind) treats all keyboards
as a single input keyboard
(b)ruby patched linux treats independand keyboards
as independand devices
> Thanks in advance,
> PS: Running Gentoo with vanilla kernel 2.4.27.
that's not developer POW,
i'm just a ruby user
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