generating xorg.conf does not work

Chris Petrik maillist at
Fri Aug 28 05:50:43 UTC 2015

On 08/27/15 23:56, doug at wrote:
> 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 :)
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This is a known issue and I believe it can be found here:
Xorg is smart enough to generate it's own config each time X is started 
so no need for a config file. In theory this is enough for average joe.

Christopher Petrik

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