HAL's demise

Warren Block wblock at wonkity.com
Fri Feb 25 03:20:15 UTC 2011

On Thu, 24 Feb 2011, Edwin L. Culp W. wrote:

> 2011/2/24 Warren Block <wblock at wonkity.com>:
>> On Thu, 24 Feb 2011, Jerry wrote:
>>> Is FreeBSD now "HAL" free or is it still a requirement? I still have it
>>> activated via "/etc/rc.conf" If it is not needed, I would be happy to
>>> remove the entry.
>> It's not a requirement.  You can build xorg-server without it, and there are
>> other mechanisms available to provide at least some of the same
>> functionality in FreeBSD.  For example, using devd to detect hot-plugged USB
>> devices.  There isn't yet a complete replacement like Linux's udev, though.
> Sounded like a good idea to me but ;)
> pkg_deinstall hal-0.5.14_12
> --->  Deinstalling 'hal-0.5.14_12'
> pkg_delete: package 'hal-0.5.14_12' is required by these other packages
> and may not be deinstalled:

Well, actually I wasn't thinking of anything but xorg and device 
detection.  The newest xfce removed support for hal.  Maybe GNOME and 
KDE are in the process of doing the same.

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