5.3: want to install XFree86

Theodore D. Sternberg strnbrg at trhj.homeunix.net
Sun Dec 26 21:22:41 PST 2004

I've had it with Xorg and would like to go back to XFree86. 
Unfortunately, when I go to /usr/ports/x11/XFree86-4 and type "make", it 
doesn't do anything; it just gives me this message...

    ===>  XFree86-4.4.0_1,1 is part of XFree86-4.

and exits.

XFree86 was giving me everything I needed, back under FreeBSD 5.1.  Xorg, 
in contrast, is one huge hassle.  "Xorg -config" produces an xorg.conf.new 
file that doesn't work (I have ATI Rage 128).  Then, reading some of the 
traffic on this mailing list I see talk about preloading AGP and ATI from 
/boot/loaders.conf, and I know I'd be getting in way too deep if I did 

To further confirm my ignorance, I'll ask this: what exactly is Xorg?  Is 
it just a different X server (and associated configuration tools)?  Or is 
it something more broad-based than that?

If I succeed in building an XFree86 server, can I just make the 
appropriate symlink -- /usr/X11R6/bin/X --, install my old XFree86.conf 
file in /etc/X11, and run with that?  Or is it going to be more 

Ted Sternberg
Fremont, California

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