Subject: Re: Updating to XFree 4
To: Paul Goyette <>
From: Frederick Bruckman <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/07/2002 15:19:47
On Sun, 7 Apr 2002, Paul Goyette wrote:

> I've been putting this off for a while, but I guess I really should
> upgrade my systems to XFree 4.  But I've got a few questions:

I've done it twice (and since reverted), so perhaps I can help you
with the first two...

> 1) Will I have to rebuild all of my X-based packages after the upgrade?
>    Or will the old ones still work?  Or mostly work?

No. There don't seem to be any incompatibilities in the client libs.
The only thing is, X4 installs some things that are (were) packages
with X3, so if you choose to delete "rman", "xpm", "freetype2",
"Mesa*", and all the packages that depend on them, and rebuild them
all after, it will make the package tools happy, but otherwise you'll
just overwrite files with functionally identical ones, so it'll be OK.

> 2) Should I continue to use my existing X config files, or do I need
>    to build new ones?  Any hints as to what changes I'm likely to need
>    to make?

The configuration changes *a* *lot*, but it's also a lot simpler. Best
to build a new config with "X -config", and tweak on that.