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More On Ubuntu's BulletProofX

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Published on 19 September 2008 06:31 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
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Early this morning we published an article on Ubuntu's BulletProofX taking a simpler approach for its fail-safe mode when the X Server fails to properly start. No longer is the user bound to displayconfig-gtk but there is a menu system with options for diagnosing the problem and reconfiguring the xorg.conf. However, since that article went live we have a few more details on this revision to BulletProofX.

More On Ubuntu's BulletProofX


In fact, the FailSafeXServer has picked up another feature. When troubleshooting the X server is now an option to save the relevant configuration and log files. These files important for diagnostic purposes are saved to a .tar archive within /var/log/, which makes it easy and convenient for the new user to find the relevant files needed when submitting a bug report. The patch written by yours truly will appear in the next x11-common update for Ubuntu 8.10.

Canonical's Bryce Harrington who is largely responsible for BulletProofX and X.Org in Ubuntu had provided some comments on these fail-safe X changes.

I liked displayconfig-gtk, but the class of problems (monitor configuration) it solved are no longer issues for most people. Some people have been advocating fixing up displayconfig-gtk or replicating it with a different backend, but I thought it would be better to go back to first principles, and design something new around the specific failure use cases people are really running into.

I also wanted to keep it very simple implementationally, so it's easy to test and easy for people to patch. Also I want to think of it less as a tool, and more as a toolbox, so it's easier to switch in/out tools as needed in the future.


Look for this new work in Ubuntu 8.10. A lot of people will sure be running into the FailSafeXServer if AMD doesn't deliver X Server 1.5 support next month in their Catalyst 8.10 Linux driver.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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