Gentoo Archives: gentoo-sparc

From: Ferris McCormick <fmccor@g.o>
To: gentoo-sparc@l.g.o
Cc: spyderous@g.o
Subject: [gentoo-sparc] [gentoo-dev] xorg-x11-6.8.0-r4 needs testers (fwd)
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 00:36:09
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For what it's worth to anyone, I'll add a couple sparc-specific
observations to Donnie's announcement.
1. With 6.8.0-r2/r4, it is possible to build and use a true
   hardened xorg-x11 on sparc using the dlloader.  Making this
   work requires an unofficial patch from xorg to let sunffb
   load its cfb (context frame buffer) modules, however.  It
   also requires a tiny change to the ebuild to fix a configuration 
   problem that shows up in one of the Mesa Imakefiles.
2. That said, otherwise the change to the -r{even number} candidates
   seems very smooth.  Even with the move from /usr/X11R6/lib -->

In a day or so, I'll make a modified ebuild and the required xorg patch 
available for anyone who wants to play with hardened xorg or with
xorg+dlloader.  (The patch is to help with dlloader; hardening works
fine once dlloader is straightened out.)

Testing early can only work to your advantage if you are willing to
take the risk.  The number of reasonable, different USE flags combinations
is quite large, and if some particular combination appeals to you,
it's probably better to catch any hidden problems with it before the
release goes stable.

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Ferris McCormick (P44646, MI) <fmccor@g.o>
Developer, Gentoo Linux (sparc)

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Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 15:01:06 -0800
From: Donnie Berkholz <spyderous@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-dev] xorg-x11-6.8.0-r4 needs testers

In -r4 (previously -r2), we've moved /usr/X11R6/lib to /usr/lib and
created a symlink. This obviously results in some significant changes.

6.8.0-r4 is hard-masked. It will take a little work to emerge. If you
can't figure out how to test it, I'd prefer that you don't test it for

It adds some new USE flags that most of you will want to enable,
including: font-server, opengl, truetype-fonts, type1-fonts and xv. They
are all described in /usr/portage/profiles/use.* so I won't describe
them again. I will be adding most of these flags to the defaults in
profiles, with the possible exception of font-server.

Another USE flag that I'm pleased with is "minimal." It disables
building all of the sample clients, all of the fonts and many of the
drivers. A test install using this was 28MB, compared to 100MB-150MB for
a full-featured install.

The final new flag is uclibc, for people using a uclibc-based Gentoo

There are also a number of miscellaneous fixes, including bugs:
38549: Newport acceleration (MIPS machines)
70431: Fix Xnest segfaults
64929, 59746, 60131: Fix totem, kaffeine, gxine lockups
63767: Support Cherry CyMotion Master XPress and IBM Space Saver
67845: Fix dual-monitor Radeon setups
68414: Build the Lucida 75dpi and 100dpi fonts
68726: Add xbox nvidia driver
fd.o 1501: Prevent libGL segfault when /dev/dri/card* are unreadable
64618: Fix unresolved symbol problems when using hardened and the

Please file a bug at for each problem you encounter.

I'm unaware of any problems with the migration -r4 at present. However,
downgrading without uninstalling -r4 will result in any other versions
being installed to the symlinked /usr/X11R6/lib also. If anyone has a
good solution to this, please file a bug.


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