xf86 madness - stop installing drivers

John Nielsen lists at jnielsen.net
Tue Jul 31 18:45:18 UTC 2007

On Tuesday 31 July 2007 02:37:36 pm Noah wrote:
> Hi,
> I am wondering if there is an easy way to stop installing all of the
> xf86 input an video drivers listed below.

Sure, just uninstall the xorg metaport, the xorg-drivers metaport, and any of 
the driver ports you listed that you're not interested in. You can use 
pkg_delete or similar.

To actually _prevent_ the packages from being installed, you should avoid 
installing either metaport above or anything that depends on them.

If you felt so inspired, you could make your own xorg-drivers-custom metaport, 
have it depend on only the drivers you're interested in, mark it as 
conflicting with the vanilla xorg-drivers port, and use it as a replacement. 
You'd probably have to run pkgdb -F a lot (if you use portupgrade) or take 
other provisions to repair the dependencies, but it could be done.

On the whole though, what are you trying to gain? X.org and XFree86 on FreeBSD 
have always defaulted to installing all of the available drivers. It's just 
more visible now that each one has its own port in the post Xorg-7.0 world.


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