I configured my kernel as shown here. That was based on the information found here and here. Check out the resources section at the bottom.
Because my kernel is good-to-go, I should just need to make the following changes to my
make.conf file before installing
These are the changes I made.
Make sure you have the following USE flag.
echo "x11-base/xorg-server" >> /etc/portage/package.use
emerge --ask xorg-server
Now refresh your environment.
env-update source /etc/profile
I choose to reboot here.
Xorg “should” work out-of-the-box so there “should” be no need to manually create and edit configuration file in the
/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ directory. Here goes…
The Necessary Troubleshooting
Obviously that didn’t work because that would be too easy!! The output showed xauth complaining about a few things, namely stuff like.
hostname Unknown host xauth: file /root/.serverauth.4170 does not exist
Then Xorg tries to start but fails with this.
/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc: line 59: twm: command not found /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc: line 60: xclock: command not found /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc: line 61: xterm: command not found /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc: line 63: exec: xterm: not found /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc: line 62: xterm: command not found xinit: connection to X server lost waiting for X server to shut down Server terminated successfully (0). Closing log file.
Funnily enough, it was the
hostname Unknown host message that bothered me the most as this indicates a general networking issue. Turned out I hadn’t associated my hostname with the
localhost. This was easily solved by editing
/etc/hosts and amending the below line. This removed that particular error but did not get Xorg working.
127.0.0.1 localhost storm
Now I have a fairly good idea what might be up here but if all this is new to you and your Xorg is failing with similar messages, there a few clues in errors.
One thing to bear in mind is that users of X must be part of the video group. I thought this might explain the xauth warnings. However this can be easily checked with.
storm ~ # groups andy root bin daemon sys adm disk wheel floppy tape video
Lastly, as per the docs, I believe twm and xterm should be installed. This certainly fits with the last few errors.
emerge --ask twm xterm xclock
This will pull in a few extra packages but hopefully Xorg should work now. Although not strictly necessary, I install
xclock here too.
Gentoo Wiki – Xorg/Configuration
Gentoo Wiki – X server
Gentoo Wiki – X without Display Manager
Linux Reviews – Screenshot grabbing
Gentoo Wiki Archives – Dell_2407WFP_LCD
Gentoo Wiki – xorg.conf
Gentoo – X.Org/xsession
Gentoo Wiki – Fontconfig
Gentoo Wiki Archives – HOWTO_Xorg_and_Fonts
Gentoo.org – rxvt-unicode
ArchLinux – Multihead
ArchLinux – Nouveau
ArchLinux – Xorg
ArchLinux – X resources
ArchLinux – rxvt-unicode
pod.tst.eu – RXVT-UNICODE/URXVT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How-To Geek – How to Quickly Resize, Convert & Modify Images from the Linux Terminal
geom.uiuc.edu – Manipulating Images
Redhat.com – Doing more with…more: Dual-head display
Gentoo – X.Org/Dual Monitors
ArchLinux – Configuring keyboard layouts in X
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