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SubjectRe: Making Xorg easier to test (was Re: [git pull] drm request 3)
On Fri, 5 Mar 2010 07:53:46 -0800 (PST)
Linus Torvalds <> wrote:

> On Fri, 5 Mar 2010, Carlos R. Mafra wrote:
> >
> > Whereas everytime I wanted to do that with Xorg it was such a pain that
> > I want to keep away from that mess.
> Actually, take it from me: Xorg is _pleasant_ to test these days.
> Ok, so that's partly compared to the mess it _used_ to be, but it's really
> night and day. The whole build system was so incredibly baroque and heavy
> that you really had to understand it deeply if you wanted to do anything
> fancy.
> And the non-fancy alternative was to just build the whole thing, which
> took _hours_ even on fast machines because the build system overhead was
> near-infinite (I dunno, maybe parallel builds could be made to work, but
> it took more brain-power than I could ever put into it).
> These days, there's a few dependencies you need to know about (I do agree
> that from a user perspective the thing might have been made a bit _too_
> modular) but they are generally fairly trivial, and there are scripts to
> download all the drivers and misc utilities needed.

Just FYI for those following this thread; testing the server and 3D
drivers really isn't too much trouble these days, you can even install
everything into a separate path (I usually choose /opt-gfx-test); you
just need to build libdrm, mesa, xserver and your video driver (along
with an input driver or tw) in that order. Then just startx
-- /opt/gfx-test/bin/Xorg and put something reasonable in .xinitrc.

Full instructions at

Jesse Barnes, Intel Open Source Technology Center

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