[olug] Deactivate haldaemon on servers?

Dave Rowe dave at roweware.com
Wed Jan 6 14:03:37 UTC 2010

I know in recent distros, where xorg.conf is non-existant or extremely trimmed down, X uses HAL to configure input devices.  But, like a previous post said, without X on the server, no real need for HAL.

------Original Message------
From: Phil Brutsche
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To: Omaha Linux User Group
ReplyTo: Omaha Linux User Group
Subject: Re: [olug] Deactivate haldaemon on servers?
Sent: Jan 6, 2010 12:05 AM

I know these for a fact:

USB keyboards don't require haldaemon.

The lack of haldaemon doesn't affect the ability of root to manually
mount USB drives.

If your replacement doesn't know how to use mount(8) they should keep
their grubby paws off the Linux servers.

On 1/5/2010 11:11 PM, Kevin wrote:
> Whatif your keyboard connected to that server goes south while you're
> reconfiguring the network interface? You could plug a USB keyboard in
> and reconfigure the network that way.
> Whatif you need to attach a USB drive for some file that, for whatever
> reason, can't go across the network? Hald will come in quite handy.
> Whatif your coworker or replacement doesn't know what you did because
> they failed to read your excellent documentation? They'll spend a
> while trying to figure out why it won't recognize things it should.


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