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Old 12-19-2007, 05:14 PM   #1
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Blank xorg.conf with xfce4

Hey all. Today I installed Debian 2.6.18 onto my 2Gig USB stick (grub and all). I recieved no errors and have had no complications that weren't easily sorted. I upgraded to kernel 2.6.23-1 and installed xfce4, all was well...Then I discoverd I'm stuck in "America Mode" for my keyboard (" instead of @, etc), so I opened "/etc/X11/xorg.conf" and the file was blank. I've done a bit of googling and noticed something about xorgconfigure, but keep getting "command not found"...Any ideas?
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:45 PM   #2
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The command for configuring X is xorgconfig, not xogrconfigure.
But if your X starts, there's a config file present in your system.
What files are there in /etc/X11/ ? Check with
ls -l /etc/X11
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This MIGHT be relevant:

In a terminal if you try to open a file with something like nano--and make any sort of typing mistake--it will happily open up a blank page. It just assumes you want to make a new file, and does not give any warnings--eg "file not found". As the man said, find the actual file before trying to open it.
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pixellany: I thought that, unfortunately I know of no way I can see if it was there beforehand.

Uncle_Theodore: "xorgconfig" is an unrecognised command as well (be it by sudo, superuser or regular user).

"ls -l /etc/X11/" reveals:

soulseller@Stick:~$ ls -l /etc/X11/
total 56
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2007-12-19 22:29 app-defaults
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 2007-12-19 22:23 fonts
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 17394 2007-12-04 04:52 rgb.txt
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 13 2007-12-19 22:31 X -> /usr/bin/Xorg
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2007-12-19 20:35 xinit
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 2007-12-19 22:16 xorg.conf
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2007-12-19 20:11 Xresources
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2007-12-19 22:29 xserver
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 3944 2007-02-20 09:07 Xsession
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2007-12-19 20:11 Xsession.d
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 265 2007-02-13 10:02 Xsession.options
-rw------- 1 root root 614 2007-12-19 17:52 Xwrapper.config
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You can create an xorg.conf with 'X -configure', everything will pretty much be detected as it is now, but it will give you a file to work with and change your keymap. If you are happy with the way everything else is detected, you shouldn't have to change anything else.

You should just be able to add this line in the keyboard section:
Option "XkbLayout" "layoutname"
Of course with the layout you want in place of "layoutname", with the quotes.

Last edited by elliott678; 12-20-2007 at 06:36 AM.
Old 12-20-2007, 07:02 AM   #6
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Thanks very much, elliot678, that did the trick.


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