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Re: RFC: Kernel changes that may affect desktops



On 06/30/2009 07:26 PM, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> ACPI docking stations are mildly complicated creatures that require the 
> OS to handle part of the undocking process. We're currently doing this 
> entirely within the kernel, but this has the significant downside that 
> there's no way to handle cleanly unmounting any block devices that are 
> contained within the dock - they'll simply vanish.
> 
> I've been working with David Zeuthen to flesh out proper desktop support 
> for this, and we're now at the point where there's not a great deal of 
> code to write to get this working cleanly. Unfortunately this requires a 
> certain level of integration between the kernel and the desktop - 
> something has to prompt the user about unmounting the device and then 
> trigger the completion of the undock. The kernel still handles the 
> actual ACPI execution, but policy now lives in the desktop.

Where exactly in the desktop and can that be a library?

Rahul


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