VirtualBox and Xorg

Warren Block wblock at
Thu Jan 2 04:25:34 UTC 2014

On Thu, 2 Jan 2014, Ben Paley wrote:

> If I do startx with no configuration then I get a nice vanilla X but 
> the cursor doesn?t respond.

If the desktop environment does not require it, build 
x11-servers/xorg-server with the HAL option off.  Otherwise, add

   Option "AutoAddDevices" "Off"

to the ServerLayout section of xorg.conf.  This is the entire xorg.conf 
from a 9.1-STABLE VM (with HAL off):

   Section "ServerLayout"
           Identifier "xfce"
           InputDevice "Mouse1"
           # Option "AutoAddDevices" "Off"

   Section "InputDevice"
           Identifier "Mouse1"
           Driver "vboxmouse"

Autoconfiguration of everything else works.  The AutoAddDevices line is 
not present on mine, uncomment it to disable HAL.

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