Heads up: X server configuration changes

Michal Hlavinka mhlavink at redhat.com
Tue Feb 16 07:25:54 UTC 2010


> So you're running an X server? Well, my lad or lass, sit down and let me
> tell you about the neverending story of X server input configuration
> changes that has hopefully ended now.
> I'm just pushing the latest X server goodness into rawhide and enabling
> udev, completing (from the X server's POV) the excision of the hardware
> abstraction layer that shall not be named.
> >From F9 to including F12 (and rawhide until today) we've used hal to
> discover the input devices. For lack of better options, this means that
> many configurations have moved into fdi files. As you may know, hal is
> deprecated and as much as fdi files may be pleasing to the eyes, there's
> just no future in them. You'll just have to let it go, even if it hurts.
> Instead, we have the newest latest and greatest bits, namely xorg.conf.d
> support and InputClasses. You can drop configuration files into the new
> directory and the server will pick it up on startup.
> e.g. /etc/xorg.conf.d/foobar.conf
> "A configuration directory? Is this even possible?" you say? I know, it
> sounds mightily advanced but we have to keep surfing the wave of new
> technological achievements.
> The existing section types in xorg.conf(5) weren't really suitable, so we
> now have something that resembles the functionality provided by hal's fdi
> files. A section of type InputClass will match against multiple devices and
> even hotplugged ones - depending on the match rules. An example section
> looks like this:
> Section "InputClass"
>         Identifier "superhero mouse config"
>         MatchIsPointer "on"
>         MatchProduct "Mighty Mouse"
>         Driver "evdev"
>         Option "X-Ray vision" "on"
> EndSection
> Any pointer device that contains "Mighty Mouse" in its product name will
> match against this section and be added with the evdev driver and the
> options as specified. That's just one example, I've tried to detail the new
> configurations on our wiki.
> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Input_device_configuration
> If you think there's anything missing, please let me know or add it
> yourself.

How is this going to affect some users that don't read release notes nor fedora 
devel list? Also, I have some configuration in fdi files (for touchpad for 
example). Will it still work with some (not too much visible?) complains in 
logs "this is deprecated"? Will it stop working without any information in 
logs? ...

> Because the match rules are different to hal's matching rules, we don't
> have an automatic conversion from your custom fdi files into xorg.conf
> format. If you have custom rules, I recommend porting them to the new
> format before updating to ensure a smooth upgrade.
> Cheers,
>   Peter


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