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Re: console plans

From: Niels Möller
Subject: Re: console plans
Date: 14 Feb 2002 23:46:56 +0100
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Marcus Brinkmann <address@hidden> writes:

> If you have the console server and X as the only players, the
> mentioned protocol ensures that X can safely grab control over the
> graphic card and the keyboard (the console server might in fact act
> as an repeater for the keyboard input on /dev/kbd) and hands it back
> to the console server, although the console server might have some
> hotkeys to reset state in emergency cases (only works if used in
> repeater mode of course).

Ok, I understand if that is the current goal, but I think the Right
Thing should (1) behave in a sane way if the X server is kill -9:ed
(i.e. cleanup bound to a no-senders notification somewhere), and (2)
support arbitrary frame buffer applications in a simple and robust

I.e. the responsibility for sane gfx state should be in some
privileged process. A non-privileged user should not be able to shoot
it down (but he should still be able to kill his own X server, and
certainly his fb applications, and perhaps even his own console).


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