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Debian X.org notes - Autoconfiguration with xserver-xorg-core 1.3 - Brice Goglin's Blog

Aug. 11th, 2007

13:39 - Debian X.org notes - Autoconfiguration with xserver-xorg-core 1.3

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Thanks to Xserver 1.3 autoconfiguration, very few lines are required in /etc/X11/xorg.conf now. Only the following might be required:

Actually, it is possible to just remove the xorg.conf file entirely, Xserver 1.3 will probably boot anyway and give you a working setup (apart from the US keyboard layout).

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Date:August 13th, 2007 17:06 (UTC)
This isn't really accurate. The autoconfiguration improvements in 1.3 are centered around the case where you have no xorg.conf at all. When you do have a xorg.conf, the parser currently enforces having both a Device and Screen section. This doesn't matter if you don't have a xorg.conf, because then the autoconfig just creates all the sections and then runs the generated config through the parser. But if you have a xorg.conf this isn't the case. Then you absolutely require a Device section with a driver and identifier, as well as a Screen section with an identifier that also references that Device section. Finally, you absolutely require a Layout section that pulls these things in for server 1.3, but that won't be necessary for 1.4.

In getting rid of discover, I've removed the parser's requirement for a Device section, but it's still not working 100%. I'm hoping that I'll have the last major bug worked out over the next day or two, and we can remove that requirement. Getting rid of the need for a Screen section should be easier, at which point pretty much everything becomes optional in the basic one video card case.
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Date:August 13th, 2007 17:28 (UTC)

there's already a wishlist for that :)

Yeah, I discovered I was wrong when we received wishlist #437528 yesterday :)
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