enable compositor by default at compile-time

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at cornell.edu
Thu Aug 18 21:13:23 CEST 2005

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Marcel Pol wrote:
> Hello,
> Would it be possible to compile xfwm with compositor support by default
> when Xorg >= 6.8 is found?
> The way I build the Mandriva packages for a while now is with
> compositor enabled at compile-time, but disable it at runtime. When a
> user wants compositor enabled, all he then has to do is change the
> options at xfwm startup. The Mandriva packages contain a README.mdk
> which explains this. Since we can expect that compositor will slowly
> stabilize in future versions of Xorg, I think this makes much sense.
> I added 2 patches inline for the startup-scripts.
> What do you think?

I think it's a bad idea.  The fact that it "will slowly stabilise" tells
me that it shouldn't be enabled by default until it *is* stable.  A big
hint for that would be when X.org itself starts shipping with the
composite extension enabled by default.

Since you're already set up to create your packages with the compositor
compiled in (should be trivial for most package types, anyway), I don't
see this as a maintenance burden on packagers.


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