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SubjectRe: kill -9 <pid of X>
On Wed, 19 Aug 1998, Olaf Titz wrote:

> > in userspace code than in the kernel, and the second can be worked around
> > by having a simple textmode driver that is always in the kernel (it would
> > be quite small) and if the console's video driver oopses it can be
> > deactivated and the consoles mapped back to the fallback mini-driver.
> And you _again_ get the problem of "how do I switch back into text
> mode when the driver which has switched into graphics mode has exited
> prematurely?"

Yes, you do. But at least you have a *chance* of regaining your

> This problem is not solvable in the general case. I think the graphics
> mode switcher belongs in the kernel, but it must be stable. If it
> oopses, this is a fatal error.

Correct. For 100% reliability, the code just plain cannot crash.
Nothing else will do.


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