Not start bumblebeed when no optimus system

Diederik de Haas didi.debian at
Tue Jun 16 21:04:02 UTC 2015

Hi Vincent!

On Sunday 14 June 2015 17:25:04 Vincent Cheng wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 14, 2015 at 10:21 AM, Diederik de Haas
> > I'm building a Debian Live system (with KDE) and also want to support
> > Optimus systems ... when that's available.
> > When I try the built image on my PC, with nvidia card, KDM/Xorg isn't
> > started because it couldn't find a screen (and thus $DISPLAY was not
> > set). Stopping the bumblebeed service and 'modprobe nvidia-current' and
> > then restarting KDM showed the KDE GUI.
> This is deliberate; the bumblebee package installs
> /etc/modprobe.d/bumblebee.conf which blacklists both nvidia and
> nouveau (in order to ensure that bbswitch gets loaded first).

Ah, makes sense.

> > Is it possible to integrate bumblebee into a live system in such a way
> > that it only works when it's run on an Optimus system?
> No, not unless you expect the user to do manual configuration
> (although to be fair, there's currently still some amount of manual
> configuration to be done by the user before "optirun" works seamlessly
> from the end-user POV, e.g. adding the user to the bumblebee group).

Thanks for your answers :-)
I was wondering whether it could be relatively easily added. Your answers make 
it clear it isn't, especially since I don't have an Optimus system myself.
But it was worth a shot ;-)

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