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[linrad] svgalib installation, svgalibhelper, etc
This is just a brief note. Over the past year to 18 months, several
[many?] folks have had problems, with various distros of Linux, with a
failure of the svgalibhelper module to install properly. About 18-21
months ago there was a flurry of postings on this subject. I think David
GM4JJJ had similar problems early this summer, with the 1.9.19 version of
svgalib. I had problems I think in January of 2003 with this and had to
resort to a manual 'make' of the svgalib_helper.h file and then I had to
run 'insmod' each time I booted up [ I made it a part of the rc.d files,
so it happened automatically on boot].
For various reasons I decided to update the kernel of my RedHat Linux 8.0
distro this weekend, then update to the latest version of OSS, and then
update to the latest version of svgalib.
I am happy to report that the updates [on 2 computers] went without a
hitch, so it seems like the svgalibhelper issues may be a thing of the
past, at least with RedHat 8. I am saying that because I had the problems
with earlier versions of the 8.0 kernel, and with earlier versions of
svgalib [1.9.17], but no problems today on 2 different computers. There
was no need to do any manual 'make' procedure for svgalib_helper.
Bopefully the newest kernels of the other distros will now also be
problem-free in this respect.
My software versions [installed today] are:
RedHat Linux 8.0, kernel 2.4.20-28.8
The only 'detour' I had was that the kernel installed with module-loading
turned off, and I had to go to the /usr/src/linux-2.4.20-28.8 [or
whatever...] directory and do a 'make config' to enable module loading.
Once I did that, svgalib installed completely, and without a hitch.
After that it was just a matter of resetting the mousetype and monitor
horiz and vert frequency ranges in /etc/vga/libvga.config and then linrad
01-25 worked perfectly.
I take this as a sign that the pervasive and annoying installation
problems that at some point crept into the various kernels and svgalib are
on the wane.