[nSLUG] Re: Progress!! [More on deja vu with X Windows/Debian prob]
mspencer at tallships.ca
Wed Aug 16 01:54:54 ADT 2006
sg> Do not edit the X config by hand unless you really need to. Use the
sg> distro's built in tools.
Rich> Learning is fun :)
Rich> Just save copies and more copies before playing.
Yeah. I've been editing the X config file since Day 1. At one point,
I had to fetch a special version of the server that would run on i810,
another time to downgrade to an earlier version to support old
And AFAIK, there is no distro built-in tool in Slackware to config X.
I have Slak 10.1 running on 7 machines and have hit only one problem
that completely stumped me. (One P-II machine will not run X with a
PS/2 mouse despite PS/2 mouse port on mobo. Tried everything,
incantations, dead chicken, boot to the head etc.)
Rich> Yes to all, except the modes - these are needed if you want custom
Rich> modes. A lot of times, the higher resolutions are not created
Rich> modes are not the same as modelines :)
Yeah, I did know that. I was imprecise.
Rich> I think the default these days is 1024x768...
That's what I use for a fair tradeoff between increased screen real
estate and large font sizes. (I tend to sit fairly far from the
Rich> Xorg is MANY MANY times easier than the old 3.x days.
Must be. I haven't hit nearly as many snags recently as earlier on.
> Also, using TTF fonts....Xorg has gotten better at handling TTF font
> files - less crashes. I used to run the Xfont service that way, you
> just recycle the service, and X doesn't blow out. No need to do
> that these days. There have been many improvements. :)
I never got X fonts sorted out so I understood what was going on. I
should do that. I have fonts that suit me for a 19" monitor but most
of my machines have 15" or oldish laptop monitors and I think I
*ought* to be able to get an arrangement that I like better than what I
have. I don't actually know if Slackware comes with all the available
fonts (for more or less Roman characters) or some convenient subset.
Tnx for the replies,
Michael Spencer Nova Scotia, Canada .~.
mspencer at tallships.ca /( )\
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