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Bug#515214: Xorg / HAL


just a few thoughts from a HAL co-maintainer:

As no software is bug free (and HAL or D-Bus are certainly no exception), or a
sysadmin has deliberatly decided to disable the D-Bus or HAL service from
starting during boot, I think the Xorg server needs a safe/basic fallback
anyway, if D-Bus or HAL is down and not accessible.
One recent example is [1] or [2].

Leaving the user with no keyboard or mouse in such a case is imho not a sane

I guess it should just assume AutoAddDevices "false" in such a case and use the
settings from xorg.conf (or if they are not set, use a basic us keyboard layout
and mouse)

If Xorg has such a fallback behaviour, demoting hal to recommends should be
certainly possible and you wouldn't even have to bail out in postinst if
AutoAddDevices has not been explictly set.


[1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=527860
[2] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=527872
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