XF86Config - XFree86 X server configuration
The Debian system supports simultaneous installation of XFree86 version
3 and version 4 servers. To accomodate this simultaneity, the names of
several utilities and manual pages had to be changed from their
XFREE86 3.x SERVER CONFIGURATION [Toc] [Back]
Version 3 XFree86 X server packages include:
Information common to all version 3 XFree86 X servers is available in
the XFree86-v3(1) manual page. The format of the version 3 server configuration
file is given in XF86Config-v3(5), and the upstream, textbased
configuration tool for version 3 servers is documented in
xf86config-v3(1). Note, however, that usage of the debconf configuration
process is preferred. To reconfigure the X server using debconf,
Where package is one of the above listed packages (whichever is appropriate
for your hardware).
In the Debian system, the only supported location for the XFree86 3.x
server configuration file is /etc/X11/XF86Config. The X server programs
will look in a variety of locations, but /etc/X11/XF86Config is
the only one supported by Debian for the server packages listed above.
The reason for this strict policy is to reduce confusion.
When reporting bugs to the Debian Bug Tracking System in any of the
above listed packages, be sure to include a copy of your
/etc/X11/XF86Config file in the bug report. If possible, please also
include the X server ouput, which can be preserved by redirecting to a
file. For instance:
startx > $HOME/xserver.log 2>&1
Many problems with the X server are the result of poor configuration.
Furthermore, this information aids the Debian Developers in determining
your hardware scenario.
Finally, keep in mind that most modern hardware is better supported by
the version 4 XFree86 server, packaged as xserver-xfree86. The version
3 servers are no longer maintained upstream, and it is unlikely that
bugs in those servers will ever be fixed. (Debian packaging issues
will continue to be addressed by the Debian package maintainer.)
For information about the status of support for various video chipsets
in XFree86 version 4, see <http://www.xfree86.org/current/Status.html>.
Keep in mind that it takes time for new versions of XFree86 to be packaged
for Debian; see <http://people.debian.org/~branden/xsf.html> for
packaging progress reports.
XFREE86 4.x SERVER CONFIGURATION [Toc] [Back]
There is only one server package for XFree86 4.x, xserver-xfree86, corresponding
to the single server binary. (Modules supporting various
hardware are loaded on demand by the server, and most XFree86 server
modules that exist are available as part of the package.)
Information about the XFree86 X server is available in the XFree86(1)
manual page. The format of the version 4 server configuration file is
given in XF86Config-4(5), and the upstream, text-based configuration
tool for the version 4 server is documented in xf86config(1), Note,
however, that usage of the debconf configuration process is preferred.
To reconfigure the X server using debconf, simply run:
In the Debian system, the only supported location for the XFree86 4.x
server configuration file is /etc/X11/XF86Config-4. The XFree86 server
program will look in a variety of locations, but /etc/X11/XF86Config-4
is the only one supported by Debian for xserver-xfree86. The reason
for this strict policy is to reduce confusion.
When reporting bugs to the Debian Bug Tracking System in xserverxfree86,
be sure to include a copy of your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 and
/var/log/XFree86.0.log (or whichever log file the X server used - see
XFree86(1)) files in the bug report. Many problems with the X server
are the result of poor configuration. Furthermore, this information
aids the Debian Developers in determining your hardware scenario.
XF86Config-4(5), XF86Config-v3(5), XFree86(1), XFree86-v3(1), xf86con-
fig(1), xf86config-v3(1), dpkg-reconfigure(8)
Debian GNU/Linux 2001-09-24 XF86Config(7)
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