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Bug#182704: Debconf configuration sets use_fbdev without asking, making X unstartable

On Sam, 2003-03-01 at 11:32, Sven Luther wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 28, 2003 at 08:27:02PM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > On Fri, Feb 28, 2003 at 10:04:53PM +0100, Michel D?nzer wrote:
> > > > Uh, so it sounds like you're telling me that /proc/fb is essentially
> > > > useless for autoconfiguring the X server.
> > > > 
> > > > 1) /proc/fb reporting something doesn't mean you can just switch on
> > > >    "UseFBDev", because that won't work with "generic [kernel] drivers"
> > > 
> > > I do think parsing /proc/fb to determine this is feasible, we just need
> > > to gather enough data.
> > 
> > Well, why don't you get me started with some, and we can add more as
> > time goes by?
> I think not all X drivers support (or even need) the UseFBDev flag.

In general, those that don't support it ignore it.

> For example, the glint driver doesn't know anything about UseFBDev, and
> will work just fine without it, even if you were using pm3fb for
> example. That said it doesn't use the fbdev for mode configuration or
> anything.
> Now, the glint driver for pm2fb on amiga/apus hardware, will autodetect
> that we are on amiga/apus, and start using the fbdev in this case. More
> or less, michel wrote that code, so he knows more than me on this issue.

AFAICS the glint driver is a special case which can be covered by adding
pm3fb to the list of framebuffer devices Option "UseFBDev" doesn't work

Earthling Michel Dänzer (MrCooper)/ Debian GNU/Linux (powerpc) developer
XFree86 and DRI project member   /  CS student, Free Software enthusiast

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