driver/xf86-input-vmmouse : cannot create regular file `/lib/udev/rules.d/69-xorg-vmmouse.rules': Permission denied

Peter Hutterer peter.hutterer at
Thu Jan 24 17:54:43 PST 2013

On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 08:05:20PM -0500, Dennis Clarke wrote:
> > > 
> > > I am trying to do this compile as anyone would do any other software 
> > package
> > > which would generally have an install stage that comes after the 
> > compile and 
> > > test phases.  So the safe bet is to set CONFFLAGS with something 
> > like 
> > > this : --with-udev-rules-dir=/opt/xorg/udev
> > > 
> > > Did that and the compile now proceeds but there will need to be some 
> > funky 
> > > install done later to copy those bits in /opt/xorg/udev over to the 
> > /etc dir.
> > 
> > there is no good answer to this. we can make the driver compile and install
> > so it works out of the box _or_ we can make the driver compile as user,
> > without installing udev files. We can't get both, permissions get in 
> > the way here.
> I am thinking that maybe there is a "" stage that can be written after
> the whole compile is done as a user.

like make install? :)
the doesn't yet support stopping before install but that too has
a reason - if you don't install a component, future components are likely to

> I see "X" as one of those essentials in
> the niX world and it is worth while to flail into this and see what I get. I know
> that I can bootstrap latest GCC without issue and after checking into the
> Linux From Scratch project repeatedly over the past decade it may be 
> possible one day to have a distro that bootstraps from a USB key, pulls
> down a pile of sources and then bootstraps GCC, then bootstraps a generic
> kernel and finally userspace with X.  Probably a silly dream but I nearly 
> have GCC build with a script that wget's tarballs and just "does stuff". 
> Anyways, without going way to far OT I just hit a snag : 
> > > configure: error: Package requirements (mtdev) were not met:
> > > No package 'mtdev' found
>  root at aster:~# aptitude search mtdev 
> nothing found ... I need to figure out what mtdev is, what X wants and 
> then get it sorted out.  :-\


> > it's quite hard documenting some of those "secrets". e.g. the udev dir
> > variable I literally only found in the file after reading 
> > your
> > email. it's documented (./configure --help shows it), but that 
> > requires that
> > one knows what udev rules are, etc. So the tricky bit here is where to
> > start and when to stop documenting?
> Never hold back from writing 100 line comments in the source !  :-)
> I don't know.  I knew that X was the real Mt. Everest to climb and since
> no one seems to just jump in and try it out from sources, I would, you
> know, get oxygen gear and give it a go.  
> > 
> > we don't have a useful list of dependencies because it's a moving target,
> > and it depends on the module set you're building.
> Well I was following a blog that claims I get everything from soup to nuts
> with this approach.  Seemed like a good way to climb the mountain.
> > You can use your distro to install the build-deps for you though. The
> > sledgehammer approach on Fedora is yum-builddep "xorg-x11-*"
> Hrmmmm I guess I could try that on Debian and see what I see.  Normally I
> run a RHEL workstation and Solaris servers but for this purpose I setup a 
> bare bones Debian with no X and not much else. 
> This is progressing well, I just need to go figure out what mtdev is?!?!
> Dennis 

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