xf86 madness - stop installing drivers

Jonathan Horne freebsd at dfwlp.com
Tue Jul 31 18:55:04 UTC 2007

On Tuesday 31 July 2007 13:44:44 John Nielsen wrote:
> 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.
> JN

honestly tho, it *does* seem like there should be a configuration where you 
can choose as many or as few of the available ones as you need. if they were 
going to go to the trouble of making each one a seperare entity, it just 
seems logical that the meta would include some knobs.
Jonathan Horne
freebsd at dfwlp.com

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