generating xorg.conf does not work
maillist at bsdjunk.com
Mon Aug 31 23:40:03 UTC 2015
On 08/31/15 17:24, doug at safeport.com wrote:
> On Fri, 28 Aug 2015, Warren Block wrote:
>> On Fri, 28 Aug 2015, doug at safeport.com wrote:
>>> Maybe I should have taken the questions one at a time. My highest
>>> priority question is that the handbook is in error on how to
>>> generate xorg.conf.
>>> startx is just not correct.
>> I don't understand what you are saying there.
> This part got cut from my first post. The handbook says:
> To generate the configuration file and start the X system, issue
> this command:
> % startx
> This is clearly wrong. 5.4 also says autoconfiguration is the
> preferred method. I found a post to forums.freebsd.org on 8/4/15 from
> wblock@ saying: "Auto-generating xorg.conf is not recommended any more."
> Hence my confusion. The next part I understand and will try. But it
> seems to me that Xorg -configure, if it is there, should work. I was
> asking should this be reported as a bug (I could find nothing) or is
> there another way just not documented yet?
>>> The next issue (Xorg -confgure), I only noted in passing. My
>>> question here is this a FreeBSD issue or should it be PR'd to Xorg.
>>> For starters 'Xorg -configure' selected the vesa driver,
>>> autoconfiguration picked the ATI Radeon driver. The vesa driver
>>> could not negociate a setting. Note even if it did the screen
>>> resolution would be 1026x760 or whatever the current one-size fits
>>> all resolution is. This is clearly an error in the Xorg command.
>>> There may have been other errors in the generated xorg.conf file,
>>> but the first one was the vesa driver could not get something out of
>>> the BIOS it liked. Earlier versions of Xorg this all worked albeit
>>> with the vesa driver.
>> Back up for a second. Exactly what video hardware do you have? If
>> you have onboard Intel video along with an add-on Radeon card, it
>> would probably be best to disable the Intel video in the BIOS.
> If this not a depreciated method, I can report it and/or provide all
> the data. That was not really my question as clearly the radeon driver
> works. Again I was going for, "is this just a documentation error"?
>> Otherwise, try this for xorg.conf. Do not add this to an existing
>> file, this is the *entire* file:
>> Section "Device"
>> Identifier "Card0"
>> Driver "radeon"
> I assume I can then also add the font commands as needed. I could find
> no documentation in the FreeBSD wiki or on Xorg that indicated X would
> just piece all this together. I assume this would now go in
> Douglas Denault
> doug at safeport.com
> Voice: 301-217-9220
> Fax: 301-217-9277
> freebsd-questions at freebsd.org mailing list
> To unsubscribe, send any mail to
> "freebsd-questions-unsubscribe at freebsd.org"
I think what wblock meant was the old Xorg -configure is no longer
recommended. Also this is the wrong list to be complaining that the docs
are wrong these are mainly for questions freebsd-docs@ is what you want
to chit chat about doc issues. Or just fetch the code and edit to what
you think it should say. I am rather interested to see said patch.
More information about the freebsd-questions