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Old 07-12-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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Gentoo X11 installation

I'm going to installing X-server on my gentoo installation.
And I have a question: does xorg-server package contains video drivers?
If yes, how to select the driver that emerge would install? make.conf contains VIDEO_DRIVER= option. Is it enough? Do I need to specify additional options (such as what driver I need to install)?


Are there some options that helps to minimize the X-server packages count? I need a lightweight installation.

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Old 07-12-2012, 05:45 PM   #2
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Yes, calling emerge xorg-server will include the drivers you specified in make.conf.

The option actually is VIDEO_CARDS="", not VIDEO_DRIVERS=""...

For checking you can use emerge -a xorg-server to show you the USE flags activated and deactivated and also show you the drivers that will be installed.
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Yes, its my mistake. Really it must be VIDEO_CARDS.
Old 07-18-2012, 08:26 AM   #4
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xorg-server doesn't include drivers itself, but they will be pushed into your system as dependencies depending on how you configure the VIDEO_CARDS variable. Nowadays you shouldn't need much manual configuration unless you are using a closed driver or a multicard setup. There are a few other corner cases.


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