Subject: Re: Why not track our xsrc with X11R6.6 from
To: None <>
From: Charles Shannon Hendrix <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/21/2001 01:56:52
On Thu, Jul 19, 2001 at 08:42:13AM -0700, Jason R Thorpe wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 19, 2001 at 10:44:47AM -0400, Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:
>  > Yes, the implementation requires root, but the overall design is NOT
>  > what forces this to happen. The changes in 3.x to 4.x are NOT what
>  > caused the server to have to run as root. When I ran XF 3.x I had to run
>  > as root: 4.x hasn't changed this or made it worse.
> It's not just a matter of running as root.  What you seem to be missing
> is that normally root cannot mmap memory -- you have to explicitly disable
> the kernel security level in order for root to be able to do this.

No, I'm not missing that at all, I'm well aware of the problems with the
way XFree is doing things. I said that that this didn't suddenly happen
in XF 4.x. XFree has always run dangerously as far as I know.

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