On 06-Aug-99 Paul Jakma wrote:
>>>> Yes, like a kernel as each app calls a X11 call, it becomes the Xserver
>> for the duration of that call. The same was a read call from a userlevel
>> program runs the kernel code directly.
>>>You can't call a function in another process, and you can't do with
>libraries - cause you need to keep cross-process state. Only the kernel has
>cross-process context, and i don't think linux would allow that kind of
>stuff in-kernel. (and anyway, in that case ggi already exists).
Well fair nuff, some digging throws up the showstopper problem that I can't
actually do it the 100% natural way, but have to instead fall back to some
standard (ish) ipc route to communicate between the Server and Client (though
doors, see later on), do appear to do most of what D11 would require. First
though i draw your attention to some of the mach work and the Lightweight RPC
stuff. Theres a mach paper at
which talks about their replacement of the socket transport mechanism with mach
ipc, and it waffles on the joys of it all (to be taken with a grain of salt
i imagine as it only compares mach to mach, rather than mach to anything else)
Another ipc mech I was pointed towards was doors (new to me I have to say), some
info on this one is at http://www.zdjournals.com/sun/s_sun/9810/sun98a2.htm,
with a linux implementation that i'll have to play with for a bit at
http://www.rampant.org/doors Though the zdjournal article is more positive that
my brief scan at the benchmarks in the linux doors paper.
It seems somewhat possible that the mach Xserver tweaks could be implemented for
linux using the doors stuff. A lot less clean that originally theorized, but hey
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