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The return of startx(1) for non-root users [with some caveats]

Contributed by rueda on from the your-mileage-may-vary dept.

Mark Kettenis (kettenis@) has recently committed changes which restore a certain amount of startx(1)/xinit(1) functionality for non-root users. The commit messages explain the situation:

Module name:	src
Changes by:	2019/09/15 06:25:41

Modified files:
	etc/etc.amd64  : fbtab 
	etc/etc.arm64  : fbtab 
	etc/etc.hppa   : fbtab 
	etc/etc.i386   : fbtab 
	etc/etc.loongson: fbtab 
	etc/etc.luna88k: fbtab 
	etc/etc.macppc : fbtab 
	etc/etc.octeon : fbtab 
	etc/etc.sgi    : fbtab 
	etc/etc.sparc64: fbtab 

Log message:
Add ttyC4 to lost of devices to change when logging in on ttyC0 (and in
some cases also the serial console) such that X can use it as its VT
when running without root privileges.

ok jsg@, matthieu@
Module name:	xenocara
Changes by:	2019/09/15 06:31:08

Modified files:
	xserver/hw/xfree86/common: xf86AutoConfig.c 

Log message:
Add modesetting driver as a fall-back when appropriate such that we can
use it when running withour root privileges which prevents us from
scanning the PCI bus.

This makes startx(1)/xinit(1) work again on modern systems with inteldrm(4),
radeondrm(4) and amdgpu(4).  In some cases this will result in using a
different driver than with xenodm(4) which may expose issues (e.g. when
we prefer the intel Xorg driver) or loss of acceleration (e.g. older
cards supported by radeondrm(4)).

ok jsg@, matthieu@

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