Hi, 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  or . Leaving the user with no keyboard or mouse in such a case is imho not a sane behaviour. 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. Cheers, Michael  http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=527860  http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=527872 -- Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the universe are pointed away from Earth?
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