[ubuntu-x] X.org stability goals? i.e. should X server ever crash?

Bryce Harrington bryce at bryceharrington.org
Fri Jan 18 19:52:24 GMT 2008

On Fri, Jan 18, 2008 at 11:32:43AM -0800, Dan Kegel wrote:
> Sorry if this is the wrong forum, but: the bug
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/wine/+bug/183922
> is an x.org crash that seems to be misfiled; it ought to
> be under xorg, but various people keep saying
> "X can crash, that's ok, so this is Wine's fault".

Hi Dan,

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.  Yes, this is exactly the
right place to discuss issues like this.

> Can I get a clarification on X's stability requirements?
> IMHO it's something like
> "The X server must never ever crash as a result of
> running a non-root app, even a badly written one.
> Any such crash is a bug either in X or in the
> currently loaded graphics drivers."

I don't know if there are formal written stability requirements, but if
I were to write them down, what you've said here would likely be
Requirement #1.


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