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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.
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.
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.