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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
    display.

    > 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.

    Jon

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