Latest XFree86 version vs today's portupgraded version

Stacey Roberts stacey at
Wed Apr 16 07:25:39 PDT 2003


On Wed, 2003-04-16 at 15:18, Mike Meyer wrote:
> In <1050488839.695.61.camel at localhost>, Stacey Roberts <stacey at> typed:
> > The folks at XFree86 believe that this is fixed (see [Bug 159] Silicon
> > Motion SMI Lynx SM811 unconfigurable in XFree86 Version 4.3.0) and
> > suggest that I try the latest XFree86 in cvs.
> Glad there's a fix for you.
> > With XFree86 already installed on the machine, how would I go about
> > installing whatever I get from cvs?
> Follow their directions to compile and install the software.
> > Do I need to deinstall (pkg_delete) the currently installed XFree86
> > first?
> No, you don't. /usr/X11R6 before installing the new version.
> > Can I install over the currently installed version?
> Yes, you can. Every file in the current install should be replaced by
> a new install of the CVS version, as it should be nearly identical to
> what you have. I think that, if you have the space, I'd do:
> # cp -r /usr/X11R6 /usr/X11R6-fbsd
> # pkg_delete -f XFree86-
> # <install the CVS version>
> Then, after you've verified that everything is working properly,
> delete /usr/X11R6-fbsd.
> Come to think of it, if you can figure out which driver has changed,
> just backing up and installing that one driver might be
> preferable. I can't provide detailed instructions for that, though.

Thanks for the kind reply.

I had a troll around the XFree86 site and came across the repository of
the (continuously) updated drivers, and did a simply checkout for that

That appears to have sorted my problem out, so much so that I have gone
through the steps in the Handbook, and can at least now run "startx"
successfully now :-)

I've a strange mouse pointer in X-Windows (kinda like one pointer with
two "shadows" alongside", but this is much better than a coredump.

Thanks again for taking the time.



> > This last question is out of my own curiousity as its the first time I'm
> > attempting this:
> > I've been to the ftp site at XFree86, and the docs at
> > appear to be (dated) the same as the
> > version I already have installed on the machine at the moment. Is it
> > possible that the latest cvs version is *not* actually different (hence
> > containing the fix I require) to my currently installed version?
> While it's possible, it's not likely. In fact, the folks at XFree86
> are telling you they are different.
> 	<mike
Stacey Roberts
B.Sc (HONS) Computer Science


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