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How ready is i3 (@version 4.2) for David Airlie's GPU hotplugging work?

asked 2012-07-02 18:18:42 +0000

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updated 2012-07-02 19:53:41 +0000

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Plugging a USB monitor and having it available in the same Xorg instance is a FLOSS road warrior dream come true. Does i3 need any big rework to accomodate this?

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answered 2012-07-02 18:21:45 +0000

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I don’t think any changes are necessary.

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answered 2012-07-02 18:45:18 +0000

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i3 does not implement its own xorg server, and conveniently makes use of xrandr to support in-session changes in output. So if those tools get some extra features, i3 could not care less. If xrandr reports success and parameters back in the same way as before, i3 will make use of the new output situation without changes in the i3 code.

Disclaimer: I am not a dev, just an exegete of the unix-philosophy ;)

And if you want to be all fancy about it: You can have udev / systemd issue the command for you when such a device is hot-plugged, so you won't even need to adapt your i3/config :)

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