RFC: what to do with ums when the X server is not suid root ?

Matthew Garrett mjg59 at srcf.ucam.org
Mon Jan 20 18:59:46 UTC 2014

On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 10:54:22AM -0800, Andrew Lutomirski wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 10:40 AM, Matthew Garrett <mjg59 at srcf.ucam.org> wrote:
> > It'd be pretty straightforward to re-implement the helper if it's
> > vanished entirely - we haven't retired libx86, and the rest is pretty
> > trivial.
> OTOH, if it has indeed vanished entirely, then maybe we could argue
> that there can't be any users and therefore it's okay if the driver
> stops working in F21.

People are using -vesa right now, not uvesafb.

> Going forward, if the simpledrm stuff ever starts being fully
> functional, then it should provide a working, if rather crappy, way to
> get fixed-resolution graphics running on any new-enough system.

Non-EFI systems are still going to need some mechanism for calling out 
to userspace for setting a mode.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59 at srcf.ucam.org

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