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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       dexconf	-  generate  XFree86  X server configuration file from debconf
       database values

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]


DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       Dexconf retrieves values from debconf's database and uses them to build
       an  XF86Config  or  XF86Config-4  (depending  on  the  default X server
       selected) file.

       The information that dexconf uses is typically entered  via  a  debconf
       frontend  (or  possibly in part by hardware autodetection tools).  Note
       that dexconf itself does not set any values in the debconf database; it
       only  retrieves them.  If configuration parameters of the debconf database
 need to be changed, dpkg-reconfigure(8) should be used to do so.

       It is also important to note that dexconf, and the  corresponding  debconf
  questions whose answers it retrieves, are not intended to replace
       a full-featured X server configuration tool; that is  the  province  of
       xf86cfg(1),  currently  under  development by the XFree86 Project, Inc.
       In the meantime, however, users inexperienced with the  syntax  of  the
       XF86Config  (or	XF86Config-4)  file  may use dexconf to generate the X
       server configuration file with a minimal amount of  detailed  knowledge
       of their hardware characteristics.

       More  experienced  users should feel free to use Dexconf-generated configuration
 files as a starting point for  their	customizations,  since
       individual preferences vary greatly.

       Dexconf	decides  which	file  (XF86Config or XF86Config-4) to generate
       based upon the name of the default X server (a debconf question).

       Dexconf writes only to the area between
       in the configuration file.  Anything outside this region is  preserved.
       If  either  or  both of the above marker lines is missing, dexconf will
       exit with an error.

       The above feature is useful especially in conjuction with the version 4
       XFree86	X  server,  so that additional input devices, display devices,
       and monitors can  be  configured,  and  multiple  screens  and  layouts
       defined.   For  instance, the first ServerLayout section encountered in
       the configuration file is the one XFree86 4 uses as its default,  so  a
       typical	customization is to write a ServerLayout section at the top of
       the file, before the beginning  of  the	debconf  area.	 See  XF86Con-
       fig-4(5) and the Debian X FAQ --
       -- for more information.

OUTPUT FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

	      Configuration file for the XFree86 4.x X server.

	      Configuration file for XFree86 3.x X servers.

AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

       Dexconf	was  written  by  Branden  Robinson for Progeny Linux Systems,
       Inc., and Debian GNU/Linux.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       XF86Config(7),  XF86Config-4(5),  XF86Config-v3(5),  xf86cfg(1),  dpkg-

Debian GNU/Linux		  2001-12-11			    dexconf(8)
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