[PATCH xserver] Fix Xorg -configure not working anymore

Michel Dänzer michel at daenzer.net
Thu Aug 18 00:57:31 UTC 2016

On 18/08/16 01:51 AM, walter harms wrote:
> Am 17.08.2016 17:13, schrieb Adam Jackson:
>> On Wed, 2016-08-17 at 08:03 -0700, Keith Packard wrote:
>>>> Adam Jackson <ajax at redhat.com> writes:
>>>> Perhaps we'd want to move to a model where xorg.conf.d comes pre-
>>>> populated with the default settings (possibly just commented out). If
>>>> done properly we could entirely throw out xf86AutoConfig.c, which
>>>> certainly has its appeal.
>>> I wonder if the main 'autoconf' thing that people need is the video
>>> driver entry?
>> That, default video modes, and very occasionally bit depth; the last
>> because on lame server hardware you only get like 4M of VRAM so
>> 1680x1050x32 isn't an option. And, in fairness, the config syntax
>> doesn't make that easy to "just write" because you have to know what an
>> Identifier is and that you're gluing together three different sections
>> based on identifiers. (And also maybe conjure up a modeline out of thin
>> air, rather than just ask for the size you want.)
> As user i can say it is helpful to have a starting point.

>From my experience with helping users, it's a horrible starting point:
Bloated with lots of stuff most of which the majority of users will
never need. For the most common case where one just wants to tweak some
driver options, it's much easier these days to write a minimal xorg.conf
from scratch. Maybe some documentation and/or tooling needs to be
adapted to that.

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