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Xorg Wizard partly broken

July 14, 2017 — BarryK
Testing Quirky Xerus64 8.1.94, I have a problem. Exit from X to the commandline, type "xorgwizard".

This enables the user to make manual choices, such as which video driver to use. For example, Xorg might autodetect and use the 'intel' video driver, but you might prefer to use the 'modesetting' driver.

The wizard offers a choice of drivers. On my laptop with hybrid Nvidia and Intel graphics, The drivers that I expect the wizard to offer are: vesa, modesetting, nouveau, nv and intel.
Assuming those Xorg drivers exist, many distros don't have 'nv' anymore (it is an unaccelerated Nvidia driver).

However, the wizard only offers me vesa and modesetting.

The wizard, which is script /usr/sbin/xorgwizard-cli, runs "Xorg -configure" to probe for various things, including what drivers are appropriate.
What I have found over the years is that "Xorg -configure" has provided less information. Now it provides no information at all (running Xorg 1.18.4).

It would be so nice if the Xorg developers remove an option that now does nothing!

There are links that comment on this lack of info provided by "-configure", such as the comment "X -configure is a virtually useless anachronism":

...actually, no, it is still useful, or rather would be if it worked.

Anyway, I am going to have to do a big update to xorgwizard-cli.


OK, I wrote some code that replaces "Xorg -configure", in script /usr/sbin/xorgwizard-cli.
Also made a small modification in /usr/sbin/quicksetup.

Xorg Wizard is now working. On my desktop PC, with Intel video, the wizard offers intel, vesa or modesetting. I chose modesetting, and it worked, using it now.

Tags: quirky, linux