generating xorg.conf does not work

doug at doug at
Fri Aug 28 05:19:29 UTC 2015

I am running 10.1 and xorg-7.7_2. When I built and installed all this around the 
first of this month, the handbook still had generating xorg.conf the "tried and 
true" way: Xorg -configure. This did not work but letting xorg self configure 
did (and does) work. I am currently running xfce-4.12_1.

The handbook now says, "To generate the configuration file and start the X 
system, issue this command:  startx". A post to on 8/4/15 
says, "Auto-generating xorg.conf is not recommended any more." This by wblock at . 
(that you Warren??) So what gives??

startx at least as run by a non-root user generates no file and starts xorg 
according the that specified by /usr/local/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.

I have installed several ports that say add this font or make some other change 
to xorg.conf. And, perhaps have a problem running chrome because I am not able 
to do that. So my questions are basically: should this be posted to xorg; are 
there any guidelines on how to build an xorg.conf from the various outputs from 
the self-generated start; is auto generation the way to go or not; and lastly if 
auto-generation is the way of the future how do you add fonts and or change the 
other things one usually does?

Thanks for any help, I sure need some :)

Douglas Denault
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