Xorg support to import options for non-Input sections?

Kevin Stange kevin at simguy.net
Tue May 12 10:23:07 PDT 2009

Dan Nicholson wrote:
> On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 1:58 AM, Kevin Stange <kevin at simguy.net> wrote:
>> I am trying to find out whether I can define options for non-input
>> devices via HAL fdi files. Â My goal is to specify settings for sections
>> like my video card, monitor or screen. Â I haven't been able to find
>> anything that seems relevant anywhere and all examples I have found are
>> exclusively related to keyboard or pointer settings.
>> Is this possible (or planned)?
> No. Only the input devices pick up configuration through HAL, and I
> think people would prefer if that went away some day.

So you're saying this HAL method is widely (or narrowly, but by the
right people) disliked?  Using Gentoo it seems to be encouraged, and
I've seen indications other distros (like Ubuntu) have picked up the
technique as well.

The reason I kind of like this method is because I don't have to define
the device in the xorg.conf, so if it's not present/detected I'm
basically not telling xorg to expect it (or so it seems to me).  Does
xorg keep track of relevant sections should the devices appear via HAL
later to load in their options?

I suppose the definitions are necessarily more important for input
devices which get hotplugged a lot more than video cards.


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