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HAL deprecated

June 11, 2009 — BarryK
Oh wow, this is interesting news:

Karmic Alpha 1's underlying technology for power management and laptop Fn key maps was moved from "hal" (which is going to be deprecated soon) to "DeviceKit-power" and "udev-extras". When testing Alpha 1, please pay particular attention to regressions in those two areas and report bugs.
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My Upup builds have HAL, but I have emasculated it. I haven't mentioned this before, but in the Woof builds I have my own script /etc/init.d/x_hal, plus I ripped out most of the HAL stuff from /etc/hal, reducing HAL to being as non-intrusive as possible.

HAL does complain in /tmp/xerrs.log, but it doesn't seem to cause any problems anywhere.


hal vs devicekit
Username: BarryK
Here the original creator of HAL explains what is wrong with it, and introduces DeviceKit:

Tags: woof