X in DragonFly

David Rhodus sdrhodus at gmail.com
Sat Oct 30 22:39:06 PDT 2004

On Sat, 30 Oct 2004 22:21:52 -0700 (PDT), Matthew Dillon
<dillon at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> :Hi dudes,
> :
> :I think I meanwhile tested X quite exhaustivly on DragonFly. To put
> :aside any doubts, I consider myself as an average user. I built both
> :X.org 6.7 (XFree 4.4) and XFree 4.3 from ports and installed both as
> :well as packages afterwards. Never tried to build from the original
> :sources though.
> :
> :I always got a graphical environment after a bit of fiddling, but also
> :experienced some very strange behaviour everytime. E.g. X always froze
> :my box a when I killed it with ^AltBackspace. The machine also died
> :when I tried to fall back to a VT via AltFx. Same when I exited the
> :windowmanager.
> :Died means it wasn't accessible via the keyboard anymore nor via ssh.
> :The screen went just black and the only way to recover was a cold reboot.
> :
> :I could derive some things that let X (and also my machine) die at
> :startup:
> :
> :- loading of vesa.ko
> :- using any cursor-icon except CORE
> :- Monitor Option "DPMS" set in configfile (OK, my monitor)
> :
> :I've installed XFree 4.3 and X11R6.7 (XFree 4.4) on Linux and OpenBSD
> :and never had any problems like those.
> :
> :I'd be grateful if anybody could confirm this, since I'm not really
> :sure that I'm the only one.
> :
> :Thanks in advance
> :/Markus
> :
> :X config: http://www.neuronenwerk.de/xconfig
>     Sounds like the video switching is broken.  This is the first bug
>     report I've heard in a while related to video switching so it is
>     likely an X video driver issue.  It might be possible to get more
>     information out of the box if you have a second machine you can attach
>     a serial console to, and then see if you can break into DDB via the
>     serial console after it freezes.  Alternatively it might be possible
>     that the 'freeze' is in fact a panic.  If it is a panic and you have a
>     dump device set up the system might be able to dump the kernel core to
>     the swap partition... you would see the HD lamp light up for up to
>     a few minutes (depending on how much memory the box has that needs to
>     be dumped) when the box freezes.
>                                         -Matt

I don't know about that.  It seems like there might be a problem when
trying to take a crashdump while X is running at the moment...

                                            Steven David Rhodus
                                            <drhodus at xxxxxxxxxxx>

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