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Author Topic: HOWTO: Upgrade to xorg 7.x on VL 5.8 STD  (Read 4427 times)
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« on: January 02, 2007, 12:29:23 pm »


For those of you who would like to enjoy some eye-candy, (ie, beryl, xgl, compiz) You'll need to upgrade your xorg. This howto will tell you how to do that...

  • You must be skilled enough to figure your way out of a serious mess in case you have to, using the CLI
  • You are ready to reinstall your OS if you need to (back up important data before proceding)
  • You will download your xorg packages to ~/xorg7, so mkdir ~/xorg7 now

With that said, let's begin.

Step 1
Download the necessary packages.
Larhzu has been nice enough to let us use his packages... here is a list of what you need to get a minimal nvironment going
  • x11-base-7.1
  • x11-xserver-7.1
  • x11-fonts-base-7.1
  • x11-fonts-100dpi
  • x11-fonts-75dpi
  • x11-fonts-cyrillic
  • x11-fonts-scale

Here is a link where you can find these http://
Download them to some to a dir on your box ( I created ~/xorg7 for the sake of this process)

Now that you have all the packages, the next step.

Step 2
Drop down to CLI
# init 2

Step 3
Remove the existing X11 symlink in /usr which points to X11R6
# rm /usr/X11

Step 4
Install your new xorg packages
# cd /home/username/xorg7
# installpkg *

Note that the new xorg installs to /usr/ and not /usr/X11R6 like the old one.... hence, the following part of this howto:

Step 5
Modify your xorg configuration.
# cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf-6.9
# mcedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

We are going to modify the paths sectio of the file only.

Make it look like this:

Section "Files"
    RgbPath         "/usr/lib/X11/rgb"
    ModulePath     "/usr/lib/xorg/modules/"
    FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
    FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"
    FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
    FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
    FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
    FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"
    FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
    FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic/"
Save and exit

Step 6
Create the X11 symlink pointing to /usr
cd /usr && ln -s /usr X11

Step 7
Reinstall your video drivers if you (may or may not be needed, depending on your hardware (my NVIDIA did need reinstall ))

Hang on to something, we're ready for testing..
[/b]Step 8 [/b]
# init 4

If you x does not fire up, don't panic just yet.... log in as USER again... and try startxfce4 ... you should see your new xorg now...


After this procedure, your xfce session manager may not work as it did in the previous xorg... (ie, when you click on the quit button from the menu, you'll see nothing)

To fix this, check your /var/log/Xorg.0.log and pay close attention also to your ~/.xsession-errors you should find the information needed to fix this in those log files...

ANOTHER THING. I still haven't managed to get init 4 to load the GUI... so I just startxfce4 manually every time...

ONE more thing. xconf does not work after this, because vasm is looking for /usr/X11R6 to configure, but you're running it from /usr... so you'll do the configuration manually.... (if you run nvidia, their installer will do it for you Wink )

At the moment, I have still not been able to restore 3D acceleration after upgrading xorg on an intel video chip.

Other than that, it works like a charm.... Enjoy!....

If you find any solutions to the known issues with this howto, please post them here... other than that, ALL QUESTIONS ARE TO BE POSTED IN THE APPROPRIATE SECTION OF THE FORUM

I've re-written this howto and added xorg-7.2 packages at The new xorg packages feature better hardware support (Intel, Nvidia and ATI should be able to get 3D easily)
Check it out
« Last Edit: February 20, 2007, 01:02:17 pm by M0E-lnx » Logged

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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2007, 10:49:01 am »

ANOTHER THING. I still haven't managed to get init 4 to load the GUI... so I just startxfce4 manually every time...

Hi M0E, thanks for this tutorial and I was able to install xorg 7.2 easily.  I have the above problem and wanted to know if you have figured out a way to fix this?  Thanks.
Posts: 2504

« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2007, 06:59:18 pm »

try changing line 17 of /etc/rc.d/rc.X from

KDM_CMD=`which kdm`

let us know if that fixes it.

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