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Old 01-23-2002, 10:56 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Xf86

Can someone tell me why Mandrake 8.1 installs XF86Config and XF86 - 4. Now I know these are supposed to map to two different versions of X, but how do you know which one it's really using and why would it put both on anyway?
BTW, I know that XF86Config changes work, because that's what I modify to get my two mices working at once.
Old 01-23-2002, 02:40 PM   #2
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The easiest way to find out which one its using is to move one to another dir for a moment, try to startx and see if it coughs and gags.

Its probably a legacy issue, or some goofiness with that GUI install possibly.

A lot of distros throw on redundant garbage. For instance, if you install Slackware 8.0 through any menu version except expert, whether you select the 2.4.5 kernel or 2.2.19, you're going to get both sets of modules in /lib/modules.

Anyway, cheers

Old 01-23-2002, 04:24 PM   #3
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I think one was specifically for the keyboard and mouse settings while the XF86Config-4 file is the one that houses your X-server settings.

I cant tell you for sure becuase i am using SuSE which installs one lump XF86Config file.
Old 01-23-2002, 05:27 PM   #4
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XF86config is a config file for XFree86.3.xx and earlier, if for example you use a video card that requires 3d acceleration that is only available through version 3.xx the system will use this file for configuration; on the other hand XF86config-4 is for XFree86.4.xx versions, hence the system will use that configuration if you are using XFree86.4.xx, and I guess that most video cards have drivers provided by XFree86.4.xx the XF86Config is left out for history purposes.
Old 01-23-2002, 05:33 PM   #5
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Yeah, except for SuSE.


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