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Old 22nd May 2008
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Default Can't start KDE desktop in FreeBSD

hi all,

i just finished a clean install of freebsd, then did KDE via the portupgrade method.

then i edited my .xinitrc file to start kde.

however, when i run startx, it opens up and then exits, citing a couple errors.

with the help of this thread: http://www.bsdforums.org/forums/arc...hp/t-27464.html

i was able to fix a couple of the issues. however, three remain:

1) (EE) Unable to locate/open config file
2) (EE) Failed to load module "vmware" (module does not exist, 0)
3) (EE) Failed to load module "fbdev" (module does not extis, 0)

there is no xorg.conf file in etc/X11. any idea why that is? did something go wrong with my install?

is there a way to generate a basic one?

i'm running FreeBSD 7.1 or whatever the latest stable is in vmware workstation 6.
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Old 22nd May 2008
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Please don't reference external links in the forums - people aren't going to visit the link ... esp when it leads to a 404

Can you post the full error report instead of just snippets

As regarding to configuring X - read the handbook, it explains the configurations quite well http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO...dbook/x11.html
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The link corey_james provided should guide you in setting up a conf file, especially section 5.4.

'vmware' is a display drive for X.Org -> make sure you've got an up to date x11-drivers/xf86-video-vmware installed.

fbdev is related to frame buffers, not sure what the state of that is under FreeBSD but there is an x11-drivers/xf86-video-fbdev port.
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Could u run X before u even tried kde or did u just go straight for it..

u need to run

Xorg -configure.

this generates and xorg.conf.new in your home dir.

test with

X -config ~/xorg.conf.new

if u get working x, then copy to /etc/xorg.conf.

other then that, do as the others have said and sort the drivers.
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if u get working x, then copy to /etc/xorg.conf
That should be /etc/X11/xorg.conf
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Terry - can you change your avatar - i really REALLY don't like spiders!
Sorry but I'm a bit spider like myself and don't have another that looks as nice at 60x60px lol
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That should be /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Both locations are correct.

from http://www.x.org/archive/X11R6.8.0/doc/xorg.conf.5.html

Xorg uses a configuration file called xorg.conf for its initial setup. This configuration file is searched for in the following places when the server is started as a normal user:


/etc/X11/<cmdline>
/tmp/Xorg-KEM/etc/X11/<cmdline>
/etc/X11/$XORGCONFIG
/tmp/Xorg-KEM/etc/X11/$XORGCONFIG
/etc/X11/xorg.conf-4
/etc/X11/xorg.conf
/etc/xorg.conf
/tmp/Xorg-KEM/etc/X11/xorg.conf.<hostname>
/tmp/Xorg-KEM/etc/X11/xorg.conf-4
/tmp/Xorg-KEM/etc/X11/xorg.conf
/tmp/Xorg-KEM/lib/X11/xorg.conf.<hostname>
/tmp/Xorg-KEM/lib/X11/xorg.conf-4
/tmp/Xorg-KEM/lib/X11/xorg.conf

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But with new Xorg 7.x... does the place /etc/X11 is still favorable? I remember some quotes to put better in /usr/local structure... Correct me, if I am wrong.
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To me, it would make the most sense to put it in /usr/local/etc/X11. For now, however, I still keep mine in /etc/X11. I would at least like it there rather than just /etc because it really doesn't fit in with the rest of the configuration files. Also, I tend to keep several different xorg.conf files and flooding /etc will all of them would be poor file housekeeping.

As long as X.org is still reading it and the location of the file makes sense for you, put it whereever you want. When it comes to helping newbies, though, I think it is best to go with the location that *most* users would expect to find it (of course that's based purely on what I think *most* users would expect ).
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