1. XFree86 4.0.x, DRI and Mesa/OpenGL
I am in the process of setting up machines capable of hardware
accelerated OpenGL. Let me summarize what I have accomplished so far:
The machine(s) run(s) the 2.4.0 kernel (it is based on RockLinux,
www.rocklinux.org for the curious) and also has XFree86 4.0.2.
Following the clear compile instructions at dri.sourceforge.net, I
have in parallel to the /usr/X11R6 hierarchy a /usr/X11R6-DRI
hierarchy which contains the DRI enabled X-Server and basic libraries
(plus support for my Matrox g450). The /usr/X11R6-DRI/lib hierarchy
also contains the special Mesa 3.4 libGL library for use in
conjunction with DRI. DRI works and a program relying heavily on
OpenGL (vmd) is running nicely and clearly hardware accelerated.
(Seeing the before and after was quite an experience :-)
As you see, things work and I am (should be) quite content, but the
current procedure leaves somewhat of a mess. Not only do I have two X
hierarchies (/usr/X11R6, /usr/X11R6-DRI), but I also have OpenGL
(Mesa) related libraries in several places (on this machine
in /usr/X11R6/lib, /usr/X11R6-DRI/lib and /usr/lib). Further, I have been
following instructions, but I have to admit that it is / was not always
clear to me what I am / have been doing (in this sense pointers
to RTFMs appreciated as well!).
I would like to accomplish two things:
First, I don't want two X hierarchies. Is the X11R6-DRI code from the
DRI CVS a full XFree code base which allows me to build a full XFree
installation and not
just the server? If yes, what do I need to do (probably change
some entries in xf86site.def or host.def)? If no, any hints on
how to merge the two -- is it possible?
Second, what about Mesa (3.4): As far as I can tell, the code coming
with X11R6-DRI gives me libGL and the include files. Building standard
Mesa, however, also gives me libGLU (which I definitely need
for compiling certain applications). How can I unify/merge these two?
I am afraid if the library locations are not unified/cleaned up, then
I might end up in dynamic library conflicts. For example, what works
on this Rocklinux machine (with 2.4.0 and XF4.0.2) already leads to
trouble on a RedHat 6.2 based machine. While the new X-Server is definitely
running, even self-compiled programs don't load correctly with the
BUG IN DYNAMIC LINKER ld.so: dl-version.c: 210: _dl_check_map_versions: Assertion `needed != ((void *)0)' failed!
(I presume the reason for this is that vmd is a C++ program, the libGLU
present is the default RH 6.2 one (= 3.2), but the hardware accelerated
libGL library is based on Mesa 3.4)
Thanks for pointers/hints,
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