[SRU] Build and distribute intel-virtual-output

Bug #1247528 reported by Jethro Beekman on 2013-11-03
This bug affects 15 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
xserver-xorg-video-intel (Debian)
Fix Released
xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu)
Daniel Gimpelevich

Bug Description


xserver-xorg-video-intel 2.99.904 adds support for virtual displays that can be used to clone to discrete outputs. The tool to do this is included with the xserver-xorg-video-intel source (with not-so-great man page and all), but the binary is currently not shipped by Ubuntu trusty, despite being built. It is shipped in utopic and later.

The tool will allocate a virtual output for the specified outputs on a different X server (or for all outputs with the -a parameter). It will also copy over resolution information etc from xrandr. You can then use your desktop environment's display tool to configure these external displays the way you would normally do in a non-hybrid situation.

Since the trusty release is LTS, this bug qualifies for SRU status "to enable new hardware," or rather, newly supported at the time of the trusty release.

[Test Case]

1) Install the package.
2) Attempt to execute /usr/bin/intel-virtual-output in a shell.

[Regression Potential]

Absolutely none.

[Other Info]

The intel-gpu-tools package is the only reverse dependency, and that package has no reverse dependencies in turn.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Raul Dias (rsd) wrote :
Florian Echtler (floe) wrote :

This bug is still present in the 14.04 beta, and it's a one-line fix:
    echo "usr/bin/intel-virtual-output" >> debian/xserver-xorg-video-intel.install
Would make things a lot easier for those using bumblebee instead of nvidia-prime.

Florian Echtler (floe) wrote :

Here's a slightly more detailed list of instructions to get the intel-virtual-output tool:

sudo apt-get build-dep xserver-xorg-video-intel
apt-get source xserver-xorg-video-intel
cd xserver-xorg-video-intel-2.99.910/ # adjust version number if necessary
echo "usr/bin/intel-virtual-output" >> debian/xserver-xorg-video-intel.install
cd ..
sudo dpkg -i xserver-xorg-video-intel*.deb

Hope this helps!

tags: added: trusty xenial

How do we nominate this for trusty-updates?

tags: removed: xenial
Changed in xserver-xorg-video-intel (Debian):
status: Unknown → Fix Released
description: updated
Changed in xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

@Daniel: To get it done, I'd advise you to provide a patch and subscribe ubuntu-sponsors.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Nice, Daniel. If you also include in the patch the necessary entry in debian/changelog, you increase the chances that the sponsor uploads directly to the -trusty queue instead of pointing out that more work is neeed.

tags: added: patch
Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

This item is now visible on <http://reqorts.qa.ubuntu.com/reports/sponsoring> and will be reviewed of a sponsor in a few days (or weeks).

Changed in xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

@Mathew: It's *not* committed yet.

Changed in xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → In Progress
Mathew Hodson (mathew-hodson) wrote :

I changed the status because according to the description, "It is shipped in utopic and later." According to that the development task is actually Fix Released. I left it at Committed, because the Trusty task hasn't been added yet, and I wanted to make sure the bug still showed up on the list.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Aha, right Mathew, I forgot that the trusty task isn't there yet. The list was indeed my concern, and now I understand that you thought of that too. Sorry if I sounded harsh.

Any progress?

You guys have had the patch for 4 months now. How much longer?

Changed in xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Incomplete
Dmitry Shachnev (mitya57) wrote :

In the zesty package /usr/bin/intel-virtual-output is installed, so closing this bug in Ubuntu and adding an Ubuntu (Xenial) task.

The patch is incomplete — according to the Debian package changelog, you need to add some build-dependencies.

Changed in xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Fix Released
Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Since I made some noise on the ubuntu-devel list about this, I thought I'd help out.

I added those build dependencies, and could build it successfully:


New debdiff attached.

Thanks LocutusOfBorg and Dmitry for your assistance!

Changed in xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu Trusty):
assignee: nobody → Daniel Gimpelevich (daniel-gimpelevich)
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → In Progress
no longer affects: xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu Xenial)

Hi, I sponsored it, even if the package increased its size for about 1MB.
The patch was sane enough, a cherry-pick from later releases, and just a new tool added
(I also melded both changelogs, to see if the new dependencies were carrying new hidden tools/flags).
the package is now in unapproved queue

Changed in xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu Trusty):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
summary: - Build and distribute intel-virtual-output
+ [SRU] Build and distribute intel-virtual-output

Hello Jethro, or anyone else affected,

Accepted xserver-xorg-video-intel into trusty-proposed. The package will build now and be available at https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xserver-xorg-video-intel/2:2.99.910-0ubuntu1.7 in a few hours, and then in the -proposed repository.

Please help us by testing this new package. See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed for documentation on how to enable and use -proposed.Your feedback will aid us getting this update out to other Ubuntu users.

If this package fixes the bug for you, please add a comment to this bug, mentioning the version of the package you tested, and change the tag from verification-needed to verification-done. If it does not fix the bug for you, please add a comment stating that, and change the tag to verification-failed. In either case, details of your testing will help us make a better decision.

Further information regarding the verification process can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/PerformingSRUVerification . Thank you in advance!

tags: added: verification-needed

the new binary is here now.

tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed

The verification of the Stable Release Update for xserver-xorg-video-intel has completed successfully and the package has now been released to -updates. Subsequently, the Ubuntu Stable Release Updates Team is being unsubscribed and will not receive messages about this bug report. In the event that you encounter a regression using the package from -updates please report a new bug using ubuntu-bug and tag the bug report regression-update so we can easily find any regressions.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package xserver-xorg-video-intel - 2:2.99.910-0ubuntu1.7

xserver-xorg-video-intel (2:2.99.910-0ubuntu1.7) trusty-proposed; urgency=medium

  * Package intel-virtual-output (LP: #1247528)
    - debian/xserver-xorg-video-intel.install: Install it
    - debian/control: Additional build dependencies: libxinerama-dev,
      libxrandr-dev, libxdamage-dev, libxcursor-dev, libxtst-dev,
      libxrender-dev, libpixman-1-dev

 -- Daniel Gimpelevich <email address hidden> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:57:05 -0700

Changed in xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu Trusty):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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