LinuxQuestions.org
Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Debian
User Name
Password
Debian This forum is for the discussion of Debian Linux.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 09-06-2004, 02:11 AM   #1
short101
Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: Aust.
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 424

Rep: Reputation: 30
Question dpkg-reconfigure xserver doesnt save changes


Had a bunch of bad luck lately with debian. Turned my laptop off one night and then turned it on in the morning and couldnt log into the desktop. Tried re-installing stuff and removing stuff that I had installed the day before with no success. Then I did something stupid (cant remember what it was) that ended up breaking apt and dpkg, so very shamefully re-installed debian again. Anyway, after the install I tried to reconfigure xfree86 and after I have finished the changes arent saved in my config file. I'm reconfiguring it with dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86. When that is typed in, the window comes up and I go through all the questions, and it all seems to work fine, but then when I look at the config file, the new changes arent in there. I've looked at the permissions and they are set to read and write for root (who I am when running dpkg) Now, since I did the reinstall, I havent upgraded, because it would take about two days on my dial-up, so I'm waiting untill I get into town next week to get on the lan. Just wondering if maybe that could be the cause of it, with some old or buggy apps that were out when I downloaded the iso. Last time I did a base install and got everything off the net and it all worked fine, but my desktop, this time I got off of the cd. Hopefully when I get to town and upgrade, the problem will be fixed, but if anyone has had this happen before and knows the answer, please fill me in. tnx.
 
Old 09-06-2004, 02:21 AM   #2
TigerOC
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jan 2003
Location: Devon, UK
Distribution: Debian Etc/kernel 2.6.18-4K7
Posts: 2,380

Rep: Reputation: 49
If you know what the settings should be then manually edit the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4
 
Old 09-06-2004, 03:12 AM   #3
short101
Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: Aust.
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 424

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
I did actually try that, trying to get my screen to display full resolution, and instead of nice small icons and fonts, one page doesnt even fit on the screen. (ie the same size icons and text but the page has gone twice as big as it was before. Then when I try to change the screen resolution in kde or gnome, the program crashes) So then I tried the dpkg way. Then I saw that it wasnt writing the changes to the file and was wondering if there is something else going on.
 
Old 09-06-2004, 03:47 AM   #4
TigerOC
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jan 2003
Location: Devon, UK
Distribution: Debian Etc/kernel 2.6.18-4K7
Posts: 2,380

Rep: Reputation: 49
This sounds like a refresh rate problem. Get the refresh rates for the screen and apply them in the config file. You should get a report on the problem in the log file, do cat /var/log/XFree86.0.log
 
Old 09-06-2004, 09:35 AM   #5
Jgf
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: PARIS
Distribution: Mandrake 10 / Debian
Posts: 21

Rep: Reputation: 15
I have the same problem : I have to edit /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 manually.

Jgf
 
Old 09-06-2004, 09:41 AM   #6
Marc A
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2004
Location: Bxl Europe
Distribution: Debian/Ubuntu
Posts: 84

Rep: Reputation: 15
Hi,

When editing xfree config, you change the md5sum of the file. Then the system refuse to change the config with dpkg-reconfigure. You can have it back working with:
#md5sum /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 > /var/lib/xfree86/XF86Config-4.md5sum.

It's writen here: http://www.bxlug.be/articles/197 but in french ; )

Have a nice day, Marc A
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86, why? Monkey 9 Debian 22 12-11-2005 12:57 PM
dpkg-reconfigure base-config doesnt do nothing javierj Debian 1 03-04-2005 02:04 AM
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 HooX Linux - Newbie 6 01-10-2005 05:35 PM
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 Advanced Now? elias4444 Debian 1 11-03-2004 06:27 PM
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 can't update XF86Config-4 file. lsj Linux - Newbie 1 03-27-2004 02:06 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:25 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration