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Re: Oh no something has gone wrong! after reinstalling Debian and Gnome.

On Wed, May 24, 2017 at 04:31:40PM -0400, Felix Miata wrote:
> All my Stretch installations are using /var/log/ for Xorg.#.log whether I use
> startx (with or without a DM running) or not. All my openSUSEes are, and even my
> Fedoras IIRC.

In stretch, startx uses /var/log/Xorg.0.log if you run it as root, or
~/.local/share/xorg/Xorg.0.log if you run it as a non-root user.

(Learned that one the hard way... trying to diagnose my own Intel video
chipset issues, and kept looking at the /var/log/Xorg.0.log file from
that one time I had run startx as root, instead of the *current* log
that was being written elsewhere.  Took a while to figure out why my
changes were having no effect in the log....)

> Once upon a time, Intel gfx did not need any firmware that was not part of a
> default or minimal installation. :-(

Yup.  This changed with the intel->modeset switch in stretch.  The modeset
driver wants firmware.

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