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Old 04-07-2010, 11:56 PM   #1
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Has anyone succeeded in running xorg WITHOUT hal?

My old xorg.conf (copied over from 12.1) leaves X without a keyboard or a mouse so that I have to switch the machine off and on again.

I need to run X without hal because I need to be specific about my keyboard as I have modified it.

Hal generates weird devices - 2 keyboards, one AT and the other called "Power Button" (??). I also find it difficult to get good documentation on hal. The man pages aren't helpful.

"X -configure" created an xorg.conf similar to my own - which didn't work.

I really would like to hear from someone who has succeeded in running xorg without hal.

Until then, I'm sticking with 12.1.
Old 04-08-2010, 12:23 AM   #2
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There are some threads around here about Xorg and HAL (or not-HAL) and I believe at least one of them outlines building X for Slackware without HAL. Right off, I cannot recall the details. Search around a bit and see what you find.

Meanwhile, if you just want to toss HAL out of your devices situation, consider the following for your xorg.conf's "ServerFlags" section:

Section "ServerFlags"
# try one or the other: Xinerama or randr
# as software + drivers improve
    Option         "Xinerama" "True"
#   Next 3 lines: disable HAL input hotplugging:
    Option         "AutoAddDevices" "False"
    Option         "AutoEnableDevices" "False"
    Option         "AllowEmptyInput" "False"
#   Which of the next 2 lines is right? Either of them?
#   Option         "RandR" "True"
#    Option         "RandRRotation" "True"
Those 3 bold lines may well solve your problem, at least for now..


UPDATE -- coincidentally, I just came across this thread you might like:

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Old 04-08-2010, 11:43 AM   #3
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Thanks, Sasha!

That plus xorgsetup did the trick

Hal and dbus have now been deactivated - and my keyboard reconfiguration is working.
Old 04-08-2010, 11:50 AM   #4
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There is more than one way to skin a cat.

You could have recompiled xorg-server adding --disable-config-hal to the configure options of the SlackBuild.
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