On making a proper kernel for gnome-shell

Jonathan Corbet corbet-ft at lwn.net
Fri Mar 11 16:34:46 UTC 2011

So I'm still trying to find my way into this gnome-shell 3D world.  In the
process, I'm running into display corruption on my Intel Q35-based
system.  I'd like to try to track it down; in particular, I'd like to
figure out if the problem exists in the mainline kernel so I can report it
right to the source, preferably with a bisection.

My problem: I can't build a kernel which consents to run gnome-shell.
What I get (on typing "gnome-shell --replace") is:

failed to create drawable
Window manager error: Unable to initialize Clutter.

As far as I can tell, my kernel configuration is the same as Fedora's for
the relevant options - i915, KMS by default, etc.  But the Fedora kernel
works, mine does not.

Other interesting observations:

 - The Xorg.0.log output appears to be identical in both cases.

 - The glxgears benchmark (known to be the definitive measure of 3D
   performance :) runs ten times faster on my custom kernel than on the
   Fedora kernel.  On my kernel, I don't get the "using vertical sync"

So I'm mystified.  Any ideas?  Might there be some magic in the Fedora
initrd that I'm missing (I've never used initrd on my systems)?



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