dbus/hal in freebsd 7.2 hangs X11

Giuseppe Pagnoni gpagnoni at gmail.com
Fri Sep 25 12:56:37 UTC 2009

Hi William,

thank you very much for your reply.  I believe, though, that if you
disable hal and dbus in rc.conf, then you are not using them at all
(the corresponding daemons don't start up at boot time).  For me too
the window managers work fine *without* hal/dbus, but I was trying to
get these working.


On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 2:32 PM, William Bulley <web at umich.edu> wrote:
> According to Giuseppe Pagnoni <gpagnoni at gmail.com> on Fri, 09/25/09 at 03:32:
>> I am trying to use hal/dbus on a i386 machine with FreeBSD 7.2 (ports
>> updated to the latest tree snapshot as of yesterday), but despite
>> spending a full day looking up the handbook, faq, and google, I cannot
>> make it work properly.  More specifically, when I  use either xfce4 or
>> xmonad after having enabled dbus/hald in rc.conf:
>> hald_enable="YES"
>> dbus_enable="YES"
>> both window managers become very unresponsive and hang as if hal was
>> trying to access/mount something.  For example, the terminal may take
>> *seconds* to display typed in characters and in xfce if you click on
>> the desktop icons for home directory etc., they don't open up at all
>> in the thunar file manager (they do though, if you right click on them
>> and choose 'open').
> I, too, have seen this same problem, but with OpenMotif (mwm) as my
> window manager.  I have solved the problem by changing the lines:
> dbus_enable="YES"
> hald_enable="YES"
> to
> dbus_enable="NO"
> hald_enable="NO"
> in my /etc/rc.conf file.  This makes things in xorg-7.4_2 and open-motif-2.2.3_6
> and 7.2-STABLE FreeBSD 7.2-STABLE #0: Tue Sep 15 14:33:54 EDT 2009 work for me.
> Regards,
> web...
> --
> William Bulley                     Email: web at umich.edu
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Giuseppe Pagnoni
Dip. Scienze Biomediche
Sezione Fisiologia
Univ. di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Via Campi 287
I-41100 Modena, Italy
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