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XDM loop: Alternate fix?
Tusen takk! ('thousand thanx' in Norsk)
I was thinking about it some, though, and there may be a problem with the
5sec thing. A slower machine might never make it into XDM with no clue
why simply because it can't load the server in <5sec.
I just though of (but haven't implemented or tested) an alternate solution:
/etc/X11/xdm/Xservers lists the servers that XDM starts explicitly. It
always (unless your machine is headless, in which case Watch Out!) contains
a line reading:
:0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X
Other lines can be added for 'push-mode' X terminal support, but anyway...
What if, rather than using an async catch (your method), we just call out
to a script instead of the server? The script would 'own' (ppid) the
server, and would check for fatal errors. Assuming the X server output can
be interpreted as either pass or fail, possibly with some timings factoring
in, this script would simply `xdm stop` if there are problems.
I'll try this out on alpha here, but does anyone see any problems with this
method? I think both methods would work in most cases, but Rick's async
catch might leave the door open for false-positives (slow-start
pseudo-failure) with a fixed time delay.
Erik Walthinsen <firstname.lastname@example.org> - SEUL Project system architect
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