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Re: Upgrade to Sarge kills X

cr <cr@orcon.net.nz> writes:

> The upgrade asked me a number of questions about my monitor and
> video card, some of which I probably got wrong, but it made no
> visible difference as my /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 is completely
> unchanged.

During the upgrade you are asked a set of questions about the
system. Ideally the answers to these questions should result in a new
XF86Config-4. So ideally you should never be forced to edit your
XF86Config-4 yourselves. If you wish to change the settings of
your x-server, you can write the following

dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

If you edit your XF86Config-4 yourselves after the update, then you
have to do a bit of work to force dpkg-reconfigure to take control of
XF86Config-4 again. The following header explains it nicely.

# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xfree86 package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xfree86
# package.
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following commands as root:
#   cp /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.custom
#   md5sum /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 > /var/lib/xfree86/XF86Config-4.md5sum
#   dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

Now you can use dpkg-reconfigure to create an XF86Config-4 that is
taylored for the version of xfree86 that comes with Sarge. Perhaps
this will help. (Remember not to delete the old version XF86Config-4

> I tried looking at /var/log/XFree86.0.log, but couldn't see anything
> with an EE (error) against it, and only one WW (warning) - Cannot
> open APM - which I've got in Woody anyway.

Well actually I had a somewhat similar problem myself (Bug
Bug#204603). When I use Xserver-4.2 I get a signal 11 with no further
intelligible error messages. If your log looks somewhat like mine,
then you are doomed :) If they look different, then you should perhaps
post the entire log

> Regards cr (back in Woody)

Personally I got a nice system by using xserver-xfree86 from woody,
and everything else from Sarge. This is not perfect, but at least it
seems to work. It was easy to achieve this by editing my
/etc/apt/preferences. (See APT-HOWTO). I have something like this:

Package: xserver-xfree86
Pin: release a=stable
Pin-Priority: 800

Package: * 
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: 600


                            Good luck


Niels L Ellegaard  http://dirac.ruc.dk/~gnalle/

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