Bug 5847 - client-side code needs to be moved out of xserver because of XID size mismatches on 64bit arch
Summary: client-side code needs to be moved out of xserver because of XID size mismatc...
Alias: None
Product: xorg
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Server/General (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: x86 (IA32) Linux (All)
: high normal
Assignee: Xorg Project Team
QA Contact: Xorg Project Team
Keywords: janitor
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Reported: 2006-02-10 01:45 UTC by Igor V. Kovalenko
Modified: 2009-09-07 01:32 UTC (History)
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Description Igor V. Kovalenko 2006-02-10 01:45:56 UTC
client-side code needs to be moved out of xserver because of XID size mismatches

For example, on amd64 the xorgcfg program is unusable because it receives
server-side typedef for XID (int32) and calls client-side library function from
libXt which has client-side typedef for XID (int64)

The solutions seem to be
1. Clean up the typedefs, so client and server side would agree:
  a) change client-side typedefs to match current server-side
     Keep server ABI, break client ABI - extremely undesireable
  b) change server-side typedefs to match current client-side
     Break server ABI, keep client ABI - somewhat undesireable

2. Fix every client-side app of xserver package
  Noone seems to care :)

3. Move client-side apps out of xserver package
  No issues with ABI

Thus last solution seems to be the best choice.
Comment 1 Alan Coopersmith 2006-02-10 02:29:13 UTC
The reason most of those apps are in xserver is because they use code from the
xfree86 ddx directly - doing this properly means removing those dependencies or
making the code they use into shared libraries with a defined API available to
both the server & clients.   The current discussion around replacing the PCI
probe functions with such a library is one example - with that, scanpci may be
able to move out of the xserver build.
Comment 2 Daniel Stone 2007-02-27 01:30:23 UTC
Sorry about the phenomenal bug spam, guys.  Adding xorg-team@ to the QA contact so bugs don't get lost in future.
Comment 3 Alan Coopersmith 2009-09-07 01:32:21 UTC
xorgcfg (an X client), and the non-X-client utilities scanpci & xorgconfig
are all now removed from the X server.    The remaining utilities gtf & cvt
are command line utilities, not X clients.   X client code remains in the
Xnest, Xdmx & Xephyr programs, but as those are both clients & servers, that's
unavoidable, and have to be carefully coded to keep server & client types
straight.    Closing as fixed.

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