Newbie - Configuration File Location?

Greg Barniskis nalists at
Wed Jun 15 13:15:35 GMT 2005

Naomi Fernandez wrote:
> Hi,
>             I am currently running Gnome on FreeBSD 5.3 with great success.
> I can access the Internet and am using a 1024 x 1280 screen resolution.
>             I am trying to access either my xorg.conf or XF86Config file for
> some general tweaking, e.g., adding to the fontpath, configuring for a wheel
> mouse, etc.  The problem is that I cannot find either file.  According to
> the FreeBSD Handbook, they should be in either /etc/X11 or /etc.  I have
> both folders but the file is in neither.  As a matter of fact, my /etc/X11
> folder is empty.
>             As root, I ran “find / -name xorg.conf “ and nothing was found.
> When I ran “find / -name XF86Config*” I came up with two files :
> XF86Config.98 and in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11.  Which, if either, of
> these two files is my “XF86Config” file that I modify to add fonts,
> configure my mouse, etc.?

find / -name "*xorg.conf*"

If you follow the setup directions in the Handbook:

then (after a couple of hops and skips) you will end up with

It's pretty straightforward. Be sure to tune your HorizSync and 
VertRefresh attributes accordingly, and your Screen section. The 
Xorg -config step gets most everything else set to a basic working 
state for you (or at least it has been quite good at it on the last 
4-5 boxes I used it on, all with various video cards -- using 5.4).

Greg Barniskis, Computer Systems Integrator
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