Problems with the new X in Debian!
Well, in Debian 1.1.x I had an XF86Config file that was working fine.
With the release of 1.2 and the new X, I kept the same XF86Config file. But I
had problems such that when I would switch to a text terminal with
Ctrl-Alt-Fx, and then later try to switch back to X, the X server would die.
So I figured I would try XF86Setup to make a new XF86Config file.
First, I found out that for some reason, the X server was not looking for an
XF86Config file in /etc/X11/XF86Config but instead in /etc/XF86Config, so I
had to make that symbolic link manually.
Secondly, XF86Setup unkindly deposited its XF86Config file in ~root, so I had
a difficult time figuring out why it wouldn't recognize my old XF86Config file
Finally, XF86Setup completely botched the setup. I don't know exactly how,
but for my Cirrus Logic GD5428 card, somehow it botched my XF86Config file.
Suffice it to say that X wouldn't start. startx failed. When I tried to
restart xdm with /etc/init.d/xdm start, I virtually lost all control of the
console. About once a second, the screen would go black (presumably trying to
start X), and it would fail and then I would have about half a second to type
a command to stop xdm before it would try again. This is not good! If the X
server cannot start, xdm should not keep trying!
Finally I figured that obviously the new XF86Config file was bad. I noticed
an XF86Config file in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11 and deleted it. I delted the
XF86Config file in /etc/X11. Then I copied the XF86Config file I had saved to
/etc/X11. I got an error message that said it couldn't find XF86Config. I
made a symlink from /etc/XF86Config to /etc/X11/XF86Config. Restarted X.
Then (I later determined, after much grief!) it loaded the new XF86Config file
from ~root that XF86Setup had put there without telling me! I couldn't figure
out what was going on for quite awhile.
Anyway, there appear to be some bugs with the new X, the new package, or most
There are so many X packages that I am not really sure exactly which one this
comes from, and I don't know how to submit a bug for it :-(
John Goerzen | System administrator & owner, The Communications
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