Subject: Getting started with modular xorg
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 08/04/2007 21:50:47
I'm trying to switch a machine from monolithic xorg to modular xorg.
It isn't working...
The machine in question is running 4.0beta2 from April. It had had
monolithic xorg; it never had XFree86. I built a large set of packages
on another 4.0beta2 machine, using pkg_comp. I deleted *all* packages
from the target and added (among others) modular-xorg-apps, -server,
-fonts, and -drivers. I build a new xorg.conf file; more accurately, I
ran 'X -configure' and accepted what it said, except that I added in
HorizSync and VertRefresh lines since for some reason xorg can't read
that from the monitor. (Kubuntu can, albeit on a different machine via
a KVM switch. I haven't tried booting that CD on this machine yet.)
When I run 'startx', though, the X server starts chewing up 100% of the
CPU and the keyboard is completely dead. I can't ctl+alt+backspace,
ctl+alt+Fn, etc. If I 'kill -9' the X server, all is well; I just have
to switch back to screen 0 since it's on screen 5 (albeit in VGA mode).
I tried deleting my timing lines; that didn't help. Monolithic xorg
liked those lines just fine, but ran -- in VGA mode -- without them.
Have I missed something?
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb