.Xdefaults ignored

Sandra Kachelmann s.kachelmann at googlemail.com
Fri Dec 18 09:43:06 UTC 2009

On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 5:53 PM, Chris Rees <utisoft at googlemail.com> wrote:
> 2009/12/17 Sandra Kachelmann <s.kachelmann at googlemail.com>:
>> I recently noticed that xorg under FreeBSD ignores my ~/.Xdefaults
>> file. I saw with truss that instead .Xdefaults-fqdn is being used:
>> open("/home/skmn/.Xdefaults-prissy.local",O_RDONLY,06362252327) = 5 (0x5)
>> No trace about ~/.Xdefaults
>> Any idea why and if it can be changed?
>> Sandra
> Does .Xdefaults-fqdn exist? If so, it read that instead, and that is
> the sensible behaviour; the name is more specific. Try renaming or
> deleting .Xdefaults-fqdn and see if it helps.

Sorry, I should have mentioned before. As a consequence of xorg
ignoring my .Xdefaults I've created .Xdefaults-fqdn and it's being
used. That's not the problem. I'd like to change that behaviour though
because pretty much all other Linux distros I've ever used before used
.Xdefaults and most documentation you find about .Xdefaults entries
point user to .Xdefaults in the homedir. Yeah I could create symlinks
but I rather change it completely to .Xdefaults. I deploy a tarball
with all my dotfiles on a Webserver and I don't want to rename
.Xdefaults on every workstation I fetch the tarballs via script.

I bet the search path of .Xdefaults is some sort of config option that
can be changed somewhere. I tried searching in /usr/local/lib/X11, env
startx, env xorg but no luck.

Any idea where I can change it?


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