Add xserver-xorg-video-ati as a dependency for ubuntu-desktop/ubuntu-gnome-desktop

Bug #1484249 reported by bugproxy on 2015-08-12
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xorg (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Add xserver-xorg-video-ati as a dependency for ubuntu-desktop/ubuntu-gnome-desktop packages, to avoid X failure to start on machines that use this x driver.

Please backport this feature to Ubuntu 14.04.

bugproxy (bugproxy) on 2015-08-12
tags: added: architecture-ppc64le bugnameltc-128494 severity-high targetmilestone-inin1510

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tags: added: bot-comment
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

It seems to already be a dependency in Trusty:

bdmurray@bizarro:/mnt/storage/archive-mirror$ apt-cache show xserver-xorg-video-ati
Package: xserver-xorg-video-ati
Priority: optional
Section: x11
Installed-Size: 92
Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <email address hidden>
Original-Maintainer: Debian X Strike Force <email address hidden>
Architecture: amd64
Version: 1:7.3.0-1ubuntu3.1
Provides: xorg-driver-video
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.2.5), libpciaccess0, xorg-video-abi-15, xserver-xorg-core (>= 2:, xserver-xorg-video-glamoregl, xserver-xorg-
video-r128, xserver-xorg-video-mach64, xserver-xorg-video-radeon
Filename: pool/main/x/xserver-xorg-video-ati/xserver-xorg-video-ati_7.3.0-1ubuntu3.1_amd64.deb
Size: 6754
MD5sum: 19c9a679289781b67e1d282849297612
SHA1: b288e0fc84eb1a9c8db96ac2234bb43a96e5116c
SHA256: 789dd3ad5e1b800053f8d7d1df3e57d61fad8e6c6dc5e36e2a7258d0ce1bda94
Description-en: X.Org X server -- AMD/ATI display driver wrapper
 This package provides the 'ati' driver for the AMD/ATI Mach64, Rage128,
 Radeon, FireGL, FireMV, FirePro and FireStream series. This driver is
 actually a wrapper that loads one of the 'mach64', 'r128' or 'radeon'
 sub-drivers depending on the hardware.
 These sub-drivers are brought through package dependencies.
 Users of Rage, Mach, or Radeon boards may remove this package only if
 they use Driver "r128", "mach64", or "radeon" in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
 instead of relying on autodetection.
 More information about X.Org can be found at:
 This package is built from the xf86-video-ati driver module.
Description-md5: e44c47ee90083ed5cf59825a85aa1878
Origin: Ubuntu
Supported: 5y
Task: ubuntu-desktop, ubuntu-usb, kubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-active, kubuntu-active-desktop, kubuntu-active, edubuntu-desktop, edubuntu-usb, xubuntu-desktop, mythbuntu-frontend, mythbuntu-desktop, mythbuntu-backend-slave, mythbuntu-backend-master, lubuntu-core, ubuntustudio-desktop, ubuntu-gnome-desktop

Additionally, trying to install ubuntu-desktop or ubuntu-gnome-desktop in a trusty chroot pulls in xserver-xorg-video-ati. How did you determine that this is an issue?

tags: added: trusty
Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Incomplete

------- Comment From <email address hidden> 2015-08-19 19:47 EDT-------
Hi Brian,

When this package isn't automatically installed with the desktop environment packages, X will fail to load and crash the system when a AMD graphics card is plugged in it, The following is the lspci output for the card:
0006:00:00.0 PCI bridge: IBM Device 03dc
0006:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Cedar GL [FirePro 2270]
0006:01:00.1 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Cedar HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5400/6300 Series]

I am attaching a file with the output for the following commands that were executed in a ppc64 system after a fresh install of the ubuntu-14.04.3-server-ppc64el.iso [1]:
cat /etc/lsb-release (to show ubuntu version)
apt-get install ubuntu-desktop (xserver-xorg-video-ati isn't listed in the packages that will be installed)
a[t-get install xserver-xorg-video-ati (just to show that the package is available for installation)
apt-cache show xserver-xorg-video-ati (the "Task" line with the desktop environment packages that were shown in your output aren't showing up)

Let me know if you need any additional logs.

[1] Found in

------- Comment (attachment only) From <email address hidden> 2015-08-19 19:48 EDT-------

------- Comment on attachment From <email address hidden> 2015-08-31 17:00 EDT-------

Proposed patch to add xserver-xorg-video-ati as a dependency for graphical packages by changing vars.ppc64el in the xorg source package.

Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

The xserver-xorg-video-all metapackage in trusty for ppc64el does not depend on the per-hardware video driver packages, only on xserver-xorg-video-dummy. This would need adjusted in xorg.

affects: ubuntu → xorg (Ubuntu)
Changed in xorg (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Triaged
Changed in xorg (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Taco Screen team (taco-screen-team)
Manoj Iyer (manjo) on 2017-02-06
Changed in xorg (Ubuntu):
assignee: Taco Screen team (taco-screen-team) → nobody
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