Request for Testing of Installer X Configuration on PPC

Jeremy Katz katzj at
Tue May 3 16:04:45 UTC 2005

On Tue, 2005-05-03 at 16:38 +0100, David Woodhouse wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-05-03 at 10:41 -0400, Jeremy Katz wrote:
> > We only parse it if the X startup fails.  If the X startup _succeeds_,
> > then parsing the log, killing X, and restarting it may lead to X not
> > starting back up, which ends up being worse.  But this basically sounds
> > like us not being worse off on ppc laptops than on x86 ones.
> Couldn't we just refrain from specifying a mode in this case, since we
> _know_ we're just pulling it out of our wossname? Or if we _must_
> specify a mode, what's wrong with the one we get from 'fbset -x'?

The problem is that adding a "if this looks like this, and this looks
like this and this looks like something else" to do a workaround like
not specifying the modes does *not* lead to the code being maintainable.
It's already bad enough, there's no need to make things worse. :-)

But, doing a hack to look at the fb mode on ppc and try that resolution
probably isn't terrible to do in anaconda [1].  I'm afraid it still
isn't going to help with some of the radeon problems, though :/


[1] In fact, it's not -- committed the following
Index: anaconda
RCS file: /usr/local/CVS/anaconda/anaconda,v
retrieving revision 1.340
diff -u -u -r1.340 anaconda
--- anaconda    3 May 2005 02:00:45 -0000       1.340
+++ anaconda    3 May 2005 15:54:51 -0000
@@ -911,6 +911,14 @@
     # if no monitor probed lets guess based on runres
     hsync = monitorhw.getMonitorHorizSync()
     vsync = monitorhw.getMonitorVertSync()
+    # if we're on a pmac, try to use the fb resolution
+    if not runres_override and iutil.getPPCMachine() == "PMac":
+        fbinfo = isys.fbinfo()
+        fbres = "%sx%s" %(fbinfo[0], fbinfo[1])
+        if monitor.monitor_supports_mode(hsync, vsync, fbres):
+            runres = fbres
     res_supported = monitor.monitor_supports_mode(hsync, vsync,  runres)

     # XXX: this is a bit of a hack, but there are a reasonable number of

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