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bug#15392: xorg-server FTBFS

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#15392: xorg-server FTBFS
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:11:44 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.130007 (Ma Gnus v0.7) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Andreas Enge <address@hidden> skribis:

> On Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 09:39:12PM +0200, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
>> Could you try ‘strace -f’ so we see what goes on in the child?
> Thanks to joint work with Ludovic, the problem should be solved. Currently, 
> hydra.gnu.org does not pick up the git repository, but at least, locally
> xorg-server compiles and passes all its tests.

For the record, it was another /bin/sh issue, fixed by 2365338.

Closing the bug now.  :-)

> There is one question I still have concerning a path set by a configure flag,
> which I started out by setting arbitrarily:
>    (string-append "--with-xkb-output="
>                   "/tmp") ; FIXME: This is a bit doubtful; where should
>                           ; the compiled keyboard maps go?
> Do you have any knowledge or opinion on what we should do here?
> I suppose that we need a path to which the xserver can write at runtime,
> so it should be outside the store.

Looking at configure.ac, this is used to #define XKM_OUTPUT_DIR, which
ddxLoad.c describes like this:

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
         * If XKM_OUTPUT_DIR specifies a path without a leading slash, it is
         * relative to the top-level XKB configuration directory.
         * Making the server write to a subdirectory of that directory
         * requires some work in the general case (install procedure
         * has to create links to /var or somesuch on many machines),
         * so we just compile into /usr/tmp for now.
#define XKM_OUTPUT_DIR  "compiled/"
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

I interpret it as /tmp being a good value.

At the same time, I wonder if the X server normally calls xkbcomp at
run time.


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