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Old 11-27-2003, 02:41 PM   #1
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Unhappy Need help restoring XFree86


Hi,

I desperately need help getting XFree86 working. I am running RedHat 7.3 on an Dell Optiplex GX270.

I applied RedHat's upgrade to XFree86 which brings it to v. 4.2.1

When I tried to re-run X though, I get the following error:

Fatal server error: No screens found
XIO: Fatal IO error 104 (connection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0"
after requests (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.

and X doesn't start. Because it was an auto-update, I hadn't made backups of the old X.

I tried upgrading to XFree86 v. 4.3.0, but I get the following error message upon installing it:

extract: lib/X11/xkb: Could not create symlink to '/etc/X11/xkb': File
exists
extract: Error exit delayed from previous errors

The rest of the installation goes through ok, but when I run xf86config it gives me the following error message when it comes to the keyboard settings:

XKB rules file '/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xkb/rules/xfree86' not found.
Keyboard
XKB options will be set to default values.

The rest of the configuration goes fine, but when I use 'startx' a GUI comes up that is just 3 terminal windows. If I use <CTRL-D> to exit out of the GUI, I get the following message before returning to command prompt:

Couldn't loadl XKB keymap, falling back to pre-XKB keymap

If I use 'up2date' to install version 4.2.1 I get the following error:

error: unpacking of archive failed on file /etc/X11/xkb: cpio: rename
failed - Is a directory
There was a fatal RPM install error. The message was: There was a
rpm unpack error installing the package: XFree86-4.2.1.73.23

I've noticed that a directory created: /etc/X11/xkb. I renamed it to xkb.bak, but with no success in the installation.

I could really use some help. Thanks!
 
Old 11-28-2003, 05:18 AM   #2
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look under /etc/X11/
and look for a backup file that might have been created of your XF86Config. Chances are it would be names something like ~XF86Config or XF86Config.bak or XF86Config.old or even XF86Config.~

do an ls to find out

ls /etc/X11/XF86Co*
 
Old 11-28-2003, 12:12 PM   #3
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I actually have two files, an XF86Config.bak AND an XF86Config.old. Both date to Oct. 31.

I have looked through some of my notes and found that I upgraded to XFree86 v.4.3.0 some time ago (before this whole mess started). I presume these two backup files are from when I initially upgraded to XFree86 v. 4.3.0.

Should I just rename one of these files?
Do you think that it would solve the xkb problem I am having.

Thanks for your help.

The moral of the story: Always make sure you are actually upgrading, as opposed to blindly installing patches that will downgrade you. D'oh

Last edited by clinton; 11-28-2003 at 12:16 PM.
 
Old 11-28-2003, 10:30 PM   #4
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LOL.
Well back up your current XF85COnfig file first. This can be done like this
Code:
cd /etx/X11
mv XF86Config XF86Config.NONWORKING
That should back up the file (by renaming it). Then you can restore one of your older files like this

Code:
mv XF86Config.old XF86Config
The next thing to do would be to try getting the X Server back up again. First, switch to run level 3 to make surte the X server is completely off

Code:
su -c 'init 3'
password: <type root password here>
Then you can switch to run level 5, which should automatically attempt to start your X server for you

Code:
su -c 'init 5'
password: <enter your root password here>
 
  


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