Summary of xorg -> 7.4 with nvidia driver without hal

Lars Eighner portsuser at
Thu Feb 12 00:34:36 PST 2009

On Thu, 12 Feb 2009, Olivier SMEDTS wrote:

> 2009/2/12 Lars Eighner <portsuser at>:
>> Summary of experiences upgrading xorg -> 7.4 with nvidia-driver without hal
>> I have had many misadventures in upgrading to xorg 7.4 with nvidia-driver.
>> This is a summary of what worked.  Most of these things are not original
>> but have been derived of things posted here and to the ports mailing list.
>> I have however tried to eliminate some of the stuff that seemed unnecessary
>> or did not help.
>> This assumes you have been more or less sucessfully been running xorg 7.3
>> with the nvidia driver with or without hal and want to upgrade to xorg 7.4
>> without hal.
>> 1.  If you have previously built xorg with hal, beware of manually changing
>> /var/db/ports/xorg/options manually unless you know what you are doing.  In
>> general the *value* of config flags is never tested, but only the existence
>> of the flags.  So changing WITH_HAL=true is *not* likely to work.  Instead,
>> this flag needs to be replaced by WITHOUT_HAL=true (that is *not* by
>> WITH_HAL=false).
>> 2.  If you did not rebuild libxcb and all its dependancies as advised in
>> UPGRADING 20090123 do not do so until you are ready to upgrade xorg.  This
>> is merely a time-saving measure.  The dependencies of libxcb include pretty
>> much everything x-related, so there is no point in doing it with the old
>> ports tree, if you are immediately going to build xorg with a newer ports
>> tree.
>> 3.  Upgrade xorg.  If you do this immediately after 2, there won't be much
>> to it.
>> 4. Rebuild nvidia-driver.
>> 5. Now the problem is, the nvidia-driver version of is broken.
>> When nvidia-driver built, it should have preserved the xorg lib as
>> XXX-libwfb... If you have done things in exactly this order, so you know the
>> backed up xorg lib is the right one, you can simply change the symbolic link
>> which is to the backed up (XXX-etc.) xorg lib.  However, if you
>> have any doubts about the backed up lib being the right one do this:
>>           a.  force reinstallation of xorg-server, and
>>           b.  replace in /usr/local/xorg/modules with a symbolic
>> link to (which is nvidia verson of this lib).

b. should read: replace in /usr/local/xorg/modules/extensions with
a symbolic link to (which is the nvidia version of this lib).

note: if you do not have to do a., you don't need to do b.

>> 6. Add the line
>>        option  "AllowEmptyInput" "off"
>> to the server layout section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf.  The whole section
>> should then look something like:
>> Section "ServerLayout"
>>    Identifier     "Layout0"
>>    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
>>    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
>>    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
>>    option      "AllowEmptyInput" "off"
>> EndSection
>> Some reports suggest that this really belongs in a ServerFlags section,
>> but this seems to work.
>> 7. Verify that
>> moused_enable="YES"
>> is effective in /etc/rd.conf.  Remember that rd.conf cascades on itself and
>> the default rd.conf, so that the *last* option entered wins.  You can use
>> the configure option of /usr/sbin/sysinstall to be sure that moused works
>> and that a winning entry is in /etc/rd.conf, but just checking and editing
>> manually will also work.
> Good guide. Just a little note :
> "rd.conf" must be "rc.conf".
>> 8. reboot.
>> Reports are that you cannot load the new nvidia kernel module manually
>> with kldload (although this may have worked in the past).
>> 9.  If the keyboard in X still does not work, you may have to force
>> reinstallation of xf86-input-keyboard.  This worked for me after I had done
>> everything else and the mouse was working.
>> --
>> Lars Eighner
>> 8800 N IH35 APT 1191 AUSTIN TX 78753-5266
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Lars Eighner
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