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Old 03-10-2018, 04:26 AM   #1
Martinus2u
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Xorg issues on -current with Nvidia binary blob


First off, I realize this is not a standard Slackware installation, but maybe someone has an idea...

I killed my main work station by doing something that has worked 100 times before: I uninstalled the Nvidia driver, built a new kernel, upgraded some packages from -current, rebooted, re-installed the Nvidia driver.

The reason I did it: i wanted to stop log spamming caused by the current Nvidia driver 390.25.

Last time i did an upgrade of -current (minus the kernel build but including the nvidia cycle due to mesa being part of the upgrade) was 3 days ago. So the -current update gave me all the packages dated 2018-03-08 in the -current changelog for x86_64 (verified in /var/log/packages)

The issue is: when I start xorg, everything seems to start up correctly as far as I can tell from ps -Al. However, the monitors do not sync. I have verified it with the following combinations:

- a Philips 4K monitor and a Samsung Full HD monitor
- self-made kernels 4.14.24 and 4.15.7
- Nvidia drivers 390.25 and 384.98 (the latter compiles only on 4.14 with --no-unified-memory)

Is there maybe a package upgrade that might have led to this situation? Any ideas welcome.
 
Old 03-10-2018, 04:59 AM   #2
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I caught the startx output and it looks like it is the same issue as

https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...ar-4175625249/
 
Old 03-10-2018, 05:38 AM   #3
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Yep, confirmed. The underlying issue was the freetype package which I had frozen on 2.8 due to a custom SlackBuild. I upgraded to standard freetype-2.9 and XFCE starts again.

I might stay on the standard freetype now - fonts are not quite as bad as they used to be, and the 2.9 SlackBuild breaks on my machine. But I am sick of waisting more innumerable hours just to get decent-looking fonts. Seriously, it is 2018 and we still don't get decent-looking fonts out of the box. It's so pathetic.
 
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:49 AM   #4
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Dis-satisfaction with the default fonts has been expressed before, but in recent years they have looked just fine to me. OTOH, maybe I need to make an appointment with the eye doctor.
 
  


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