Saturday, November 17, 2007

XOrg Package Updates

There are several threads in LinuxQuestions (here and here) that discussed about a glitch that affected people who upgraded to the new Xorg package that was released last Wednesday (14 Nov) in -Current tree. People lost their control over their keyboard. This was caused by the new feature input hotplugging support that was introduced by PV on Xorg-server package. Several possible workaround has been proposed and finally PV release the recompiled xorg-server-* packages as well as some minor updates to cdparanoia, xf86-video-* and xscreensaver packages. Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Sat Nov 17 00:19:20 CST 2007
ap/cdparanoia-IIIalpha9.8-i486-3.tgz: Recompiled with SG_IO patch. This didn't seem to make a noticable difference, but to someone it might.
x/xf86-video-intel-2.2.0-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to xf86-video-intel-2.2.0
x/xf86-video-sis-0.9.4-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to xf86-video-sis-0.9.4.
OK, now that that Samba fix is done, we can give you a working X server. :-)
Evidently, the HAL/D-Bus enabled X server, xf86-input-evdev, and one of HAL's .fdi files aren't playing well together. After considering three possible workarounds, it was decided to disable D-Bus/HAL support in the X server for now. If you really want to play with X input hotplugging, it's easy enough to modify the source/x/x11/configure xorg-server configure file to enable D-Bus and HAL and run: ./x11.SlackBuild xserver xorg-server
Xdmx remains gone per X build recommendations.
x/xorg-server-1.4-i486-4.tgz: Recompiled without input hotplugging support.
x/xorg-server-xnest-1.4-i486-4.tgz: Rebuilt.
x/xorg-server-xvfb-1.4-i486-4.tgz: Rebuilt.
xap/xscreensaver-5.04-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to xscreensaver-5.04.