reset .failsafe mode

Carl Karsten carl at
Wed Oct 31 06:11:09 PDT 2007

Bryce Harrington wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 29, 2007 at 12:13:17PM -0500, Carl Karsten wrote:
>> When I mess up my xorg.conf, something is helping:
>> (++) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe"
>> great, except that I can't get it to try my new xorg.conf without rebooting.
>> What is the trick to get it back to try again?
> sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf.1 /etc/X11/xorg.conf

OK, that works, but I don't understand.  Why does that work?

It doesn't seem to be as simple as "fix xorg.conf" because if it was still 
broken, rebooting the box wouldn't help.   Or maybe my observations on what 
works and what doesn't is flawed.

Carl K

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