X.Org Foundation Official Release of X Window System X11R6.8.1

Daniel Stone daniel at freedesktop.org
Sat Sep 18 20:32:29 PDT 2004

On Sat, Sep 18, 2004 at 11:15:19PM -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Saturday 18 September 2004 20:40, Kevin E Martin wrote:
> >On Sun, Sep 19, 2004 at 01:42:31AM +0200, Arkadiusz Miskiewicz wrote:
> >> It looks like sources at http://freedesktop.org/~xorg/X11R6.8.1
> >> were wrong (displayed 6.8.0 etc). I've checked ftp.x.org sources
> >> and these are fine.
> >
> I can also confirm that the files are different even right now, and 
> just now am getting the X11R6.8.1-src.tar.gz from ftp.x.org.  This is 
> NOT the same size file as I used previously, pulled from 
> www.freedesktop.org and which was called xorg-6.8.1.tar.gz.  Its the 
> larger of the two files at 54,639,939 bytes vs this ones 54,625,740.

Yes.  As announced, a new tarball was put out with some very minor fixes
(documentation was regenerated [but all the versions there were right
 anyway], the release date was bumped properly [but the version was
 right anyway], and some other cosmetic Cygwin fixes).

> I've nuked the old install, and will build the new one when it gets 
> here.
> And I hope this once again fixes the laggy cursor motions, that really 
> sucks.  That brief stint with 6.8.0 really spoiled me because this 
> laggy cursor has been my biggest bitch about x since early 1998 when I 
> built my first linux box and installed RH5.1 on it.

Um, the only thing that changed between 6.8.0 and 6.8.1, aside from
cosmetic version bumping stuff, was that a security issue in libXpm was
fixed -- no other code was changed, deliberately.

> >This is very odd, and I'm wondering if there isn't something else
> > going on here (since multiple people are reporting this problem). 
> > Could you verify with the md5sums that you have the correct
> > versions downloaded?
> >
> >I've just re-verified that the versions on x.org, fdo and the ones I
> >have here locally are identical.  I've just finished building and
> >installing the release here, and have now verified that the release
> >version is 6.8.1 and the date is 17 September 2004.
> The one from www.freedesktop.org logs in as 6.8.  I have no idea what 
> this ftp.x.org version will log in as.  From my /var/log/Xorg.0.log, 
> while running the build from the web page downloaded file 
> "xorg-6.8.1-src.tar.gz":
> X Window System Version 6.8.0
> Release Date: 8 September 2004
> X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 6.8
> Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.9-rc1-mm5 i686 [ELF]
> Current Operating System: Linux coyote.coyote.den 2.6.9-rc1-mm5 #4 Thu 
> Sep 16 01:20:31 EDT 2004 i686
> Now, while 6.8 was installed first, the xorg-6.8.1-src.tar.gz has been 
> installed over it 4 times now trying to get a 6.8.1 login out of it.

The tarballs were updated rather quickly to fix that; edit
xc/config/cf/xorgsite.cf (I think -- maybe xorg.cf?) and change

> Comment: We seriously need the startup log to include the build date, 
> this things been rebuilt 4 or 5 times since the 8th, but there 
> appears to be no info in the log that could prove it.

You can do this by generating a build date - run:
egrep -i 'build.*date' config/cf/*

Debian does this, for one.  You just need to generate the build date

> I saved this unsent, logged out of X, unpacked, built and installed 
> the one from ftp.x.org, and finally, after several days, it logs on 
> like this: (no ipv6 stuff running here, I'm behind at least 2 
> firewalls)
> _XSERVTransSocketOpenCOTSServer: Unable to open socket for inet6
> _XSERVTransOpen: transport open failed for inet6/coyote.coyote.den:0
> _XSERVTransMakeAllCOTSServerListeners: failed to open listener for 
> inet6

It's just a warning, don't worry about it.

> So do us _all_ a favor, please kill the obviously bogus 
> xorg-6.8.1-src.tar.gz on the web server, and copy the one from 
> ftp.x.org to it and relink it for downloading.  The one on the web 
> page might as well be a copy of 6.7 from the way it runs.  In short, 
> "Its dead, Jim".

There are no code differences between the file on ftp.x.org and the one
on freedesktop.org.  Repeate, no code differences.

> In the meantime, anybody without the above 6.8.1 logon in your 
> Xorg.0.log, should nuke what they have and go get the one from 
> ftp.x.org.  From this viewport, I *think* its the right, true 6.8.1.

If you don't care whether you see '6.8.1, released on 8th September
2004' (paraphrased), or '6.8.1, released on 15th September 2004', I
honestly wouldn't bother.  Yes, it was my snafu, but I don't think it
was horrifically tragic, nor did it have anything to do with the laggy
cursor thing, which I'd venture has more to do with hardware or

X releases are hard, let's go shopping,

Daniel Stone                                            <daniel at freedesktop.org>
freedesktop.org: powering your desktop                http://www.freedesktop.org
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