Putting my new FreeBSD 9.3 desktop online ....

William A. Mahaffey III wam at hiwaay.net
Fri Aug 15 16:51:12 UTC 2014

    On 08/15/14 09:26, Andreas Nilsson wrote:

    On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 4:11 PM, William A. Mahaffey III
    <[1]wam at hiwaay.net> wrote:

    On 08/14/14 15:52, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:

      On 08/14/14 00:24, Polytropon wrote:

      On Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:29:42 -0500, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:

      [root at kabini1, /etc, 3:43:08pm] 316 % grep EE /var/log/Xorg.0.log*
      /var/log/Xorg.0.log:    (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not
      (??) unknown.
      /var/log/Xorg.0.log:(II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
      /var/log/Xorg.0.log:(EE) config/hal: couldn't initialise context:
      unknown error (null)
      /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old:        (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not
      implemented, (??) unknown.
      /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old:(II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER

      As you can see, "config/hal: couldn't initialise context:
      unknown error (null)" is a very helpful message. :-)

      [root at kabini1, /etc, 3:43:15pm] 317 % grep hal /var/log/messages
      Aug  5 08:47:54 kabini1 pkg: hal-0.5.14_26 installed
      Aug  5 09:16:51 kabini1 root: /usr/sbin/service: WARNING:
      is not set properly - see rc.conf(5).

      This is what you should have a look at. You sould have
      in your /etc/rc.conf file.

      [root at kabini1, /etc, 3:43:19pm] 318 % service hal start
      hal does not exist in /etc/rc.d or the local startup
      directories (/usr/local/etc/rc.d)

      Yes, it's "service hald start". The service's name is "hald"
      for "HAL daemon", and HAL means "hardware abstraction layer",
      a technology "mandatory" to X (unless you "uncomple" it),
      deprecated in Linux long time ago. :-)

      [root at kabini1, /etc, 3:43:23pm] 319 % man hal
      No manual entry for hal

      See "man hald". There are many more manpages referenced in
      the "SEE ALSO" section.

      hald is in fact running, & both entries are in my rc.conf file ....

      A little more input, from login attempt about 5 min. ago:
      [root at kabini1, /etc, 9:06:32am] 411 % ll -tr ~wam/.xsession*
      -rwxr-xr-x  1 wam  users   34 Aug  8 18:22 /home/wam/.xsession*
      -rw-------  1 wam  users  355 Aug 15 09:05
      [root at kabini1, /etc, 9:06:37am] 412 % more ~wam/.xsession-errors
      /usr/local/bin/startxfce4: X server already running on display :0
      xrdb:  "XTerm*saveLines" on line 76 overrides entry on line 61
      (process:6932): Gtk-WARNING **: Locale not supported by C library.
              Using the fallback 'C' locale.
      XDM authorization key matches an existing client!xfce4-session:
      Cannot open display: .
      Type 'xfce4-session --help' for usage.
      [root at kabini1, /etc, 9:06:39am] 413 % date
      Fri Aug 15 09:06:43 CDT 2014
      [root at kabini1, /etc, 9:06:43am] 414 % xfce4-session --help
        xfce4-session [OPTION...]
      Help Options:
        -h, --help               Show help options
        --help-all               Show all help options
        --help-gtk               Show GTK+ Options
      Application Options:
        --disable-tcp            Disable binding to TCP ports
        -V, --version            Print version information and exit
        --display=DISPLAY        X display to use
      [root at kabini1, /etc, 9:07:02am] 415 %
      Any clues appreciated :-/ ....

            William A. Mahaffey III

    Could you post the whole Xorg.0.log?
    Xdm uses .xinitrc to start a "something" right? Please show your
    I guess you're trying to use xfce, have you verified that all required
    packages are installed ( xfce, xorg-server, xf86-video*, xf86-input*?
    What graphics hw are you using? Which xorg-stack ( new /old)?
    Are you using a xorg.conf or using default on-the-fly-config?
    Best regards

    OK, here goes, see attached. Whenever I startx from the command line
    after a console login, XFCE starts up & operates AOK, so I would guess
    the install is OK. Gfx hw is a jaguar kabini CPU, w/ GPU on die w/ CPU.
    gfx is too new for X.org support, so I am using the vesa driver.
    .xinitrc:  exec /usr/local/bin/startxfce4

         William A. Mahaffey III


         "The M1 Garand is without doubt the finest implement of war
          ever devised by man."
                            -- Gen. George S. Patton Jr.


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# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
	Identifier     "single head configuration"
	Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
	InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"

Section "InputDevice"

# keyboard added by rhpxl
	Identifier  "Keyboard0"
	Driver      "kbd"
	Option	    "XkbModel" "pc105"
	Option	    "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier   "Monitor0"
	ModelName    "LCD Panel 1280x960"
	HorizSync    31.5 - 64.0
	VertRefresh  56.0 - 65.0
	Option	     "dpms"

# Section "Device"
# 	Identifier  "Videocard0"
# 	Driver      "nv"
# EndSection

Section "Device"
	Identifier  "Videocard0"
	Driver      "nvidia"

Section "Screen"
	Identifier "Screen0"
	Device     "Videocard0"
	Monitor    "Monitor0"
	DefaultDepth     24
	SubSection "Display"
		Viewport   0 0
		Depth     24

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