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xsm missing?

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Hi, I followed the guide after a fresh distro install. I followed the directions on this page AND the page for setting up XDM (Display_manager)

Although after I enabled and started the xdm service, X did start, I could not log in. Looking in ~/.xsession-errors, the following line:

/usr/lib64/X11/xdm/Xsession: line 71: exec: xsm: not found

Emerging x11-apps/xsm fixed the problem.

Might I suggest adding this step to the page?


— The preceding unsigned comment was added by Progman3K (talkcontribs) 11:06, 9 August 2018‎

Not a good idea. For users running X without xdm it would only be confusing. Why not add it to the xdm relates article?--Charles17 (talk) 18:49, 9 August 2018 (UTC)

Radeon graphics updates

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This article needs updates specifying the differences in configuration for older and new radeon graphics cards. It would be great if someone with more knowledge than I have could update it... --Maffblaster (talk) 18:16, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

Ah, found in the Radeon article. Closing. --Maffblaster (talk) 22:58, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

picking up kernel changes

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This article describes making changes to the kernel configuration, but fails to remind the user that the kernel must be recompiled and the machine rebooted before these changes take effect. I'm not sure exactly where is the best place to add those steps—does the reboot need to happen before installing x11-base/xorg-drivers? Or can it wait until everything is installed but before running startx? Median (talk) 08:04, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

I have added a link to Kernel/Rebuild. --Charles17 (talk) 17:33, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

needing xterm

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I found that I had to install xterm to get startx to launch as of December 2019. — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Mpsii (talkcontribs)

To use startx, you should be filling in your ~/.xinitrc file with what xorg should do on startup. The defaults of xterm and twm are not installed by default because most people don't use them. You are welcome to install either of them if you do use them. Otherwise, tell xorg what you want: e.g. "exec startplasma-x11" for KDE Plasma desktop --Grknight (talk) 18:23, 6 December 2019 (UTC)

eselect opengl no longer needed

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I found out on #gentoo that eselect opengl set nvidia is no longer needed, having been replaced by libglvnd.

Users following the current instructions may try to install app-eselect/eselect-opengl when they realize that eselect opengl does not work, triggering blockers and lots of pain (

This comment also applies to NVIDIA/nvidia-drivers, and i am repeating it there as well. --Orionbelt (talk) 05:06, 17 March 2020 (UTC)

Feel free to update this in a way that covers the change accounting for if users disable the USE flag --Grknight (talk) 12:47, 17 March 2020 (UTC)

inappropriate example for configuring the keyboard

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I have wasted quite a few hours finding out, that the setting 'Option "XkbRules" "xorg"' in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/30-keyboard.conf is a bad misconfiguration when using libinput, which is the default input method now. It looks like this was known to at least the more experienced fellow Gentooers (see: But given that this issue is really obscure, the 30-keyboard.conf example should be a libinput one. And maybe a hint to that blog post would also be appropriate...

You are right. Nobody has adjusted this article since Gentoo moved to libinput. Please feel free to do the necessary adjustments and also check the example shown at Keyboard_layout_switching#Using_system-wide_configured_layouts_and_shortcut and compare to what you have in /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/40-libinput.conf.--Charles17 (talk) 07:54, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
This doesn't seem to have been changed in the article. I cannot confirm or otherwise if the present instructions are invalid. I have added a warning, so the issue can be dealt with from there by anyone who knows. Closing discussion. -- Ris (talk) 17:07, 25 February 2022 (UTC)