[Xorg] Question about the Xorg config file

Adam Jackson ajax at nwnk.net
Wed Aug 25 22:38:45 PDT 2004

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On Wednesday 25 August 2004 20:29, Deron Johnson wrote:
> I am currently working on a release of Project Looking Glass which
> contains a modified server based on X.org X11R6.8.  Previously,
> the PLG users were using the X.org release prior to the renaming,
> so the server config file these people are currently using is
> named /etc/X11/XF86Config. I'm trying to figure out what to tell
> these people about the config file when they start using 6.8.
> To this end, I have some questions about the server config file.
> 1. If X.org X11R6.8 does not find a file named /etc/X11/xorg.conf, is it
>     supposed to try to find /etc/X11/XF86Config? It appears to behave
>     this way on my SUSE 8.1 machine.

Yes.  This was done to make transitioning from XF86 4.3 to Xorg 6.7 as 
painless as possible.  In general config files that work under XFree86 4.x 
(where x <= 4) should work fine under Xorg.

> 2. What recommendations should I provide to my users on how to upgrade
>     their XF86Config file to become xorg.conf?  Should they start with
>     a fresh xorg.conf file generated via Xorg -configure and then apply
>     their mods (such as graphics devices) to it?  Or should they just
>     rename the XF86Config file to become xorg.conf? I tried the latter
>     and it complained that Driver "Keyboard" should be changed to
>     Driver "Kbd". Are there any other gotchas like this?

Just rename is fine.  The keyboard driver issue is a warning because we're 
deprecating the old keyboard(4), but it should fall back to the kbd(4) driver 

> In general, is there any written documentation which discusses
> config file upgrade issues?

Not yet, because there aren't any issues really.  Though we don't pick up 
XF86Config-4 if we're missing both xorg.conf and XF86Config.  Personally I'm 
surprised anyone still generates files named XF86Config-4.

- - ajax
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