[rant] keeping policy in HAL

Peter Hutterer peter.hutterer at who-t.net
Sun Nov 30 16:28:24 PST 2008

On Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 09:17:47PM +0500, Alexander E. Patrakov wrote:
> However, xorg gets things like keyboard layouts from HAL. This is also 
> policy, and also important to get i18n right. But, for some reason, this 
> is allowed to exist in HAL, and default mount options aren't. Could you, 
> xorg/HAL developers, at least be consistent, and either undeprecate 
> volume.policy.mount_option.*, or invent a different place (i.e., 
> something else than fdi files) to keep the default keyboard layout and 
> deprecate the corresponding HAL keys?

You can change the keyboard layout at runtime, and the majority of users do
exactly that by setting the layout in their desktop environment. So having
that in HAL is not necessary in most cases.

Most other settings in the more popular input drivers are now configurable
at runtime too (where now == server 1.6), so you basically just have to
convince your DE to provide pretty interfaces for them.

In short, we're getting there.


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