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Xorg 1.6 Upgrade Guide


1.  Upgrade procedure

When upgrading xorg-server, you will likely have to upgrade libxcb as well. This library's upgrade is not as simple as it may seem. Therefore, libxcb has its own upgrade guide.

Warning: Please do read and follow libxcb's upgrade guide before upgrading xorg-server, or you will risk badly breaking your system.

2.  Miscellaneous Options

Xorg now ignores Ctrl-Alt-Backspace by default. If you want to reenable zapping, there are a couple options :

  • If you run Gnome, go the Keyboard preferences applet in the System -> Preferences menu. In the "Layout" tab, click on "Layout Options" and enable "Key sequence to kill the X server". This setting will be stored in GConf.
  • If you want to enable zapping without using any graphical utility, just run setxkbmap -option terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp

If you want to make the change permanent, regardless of your desktop environment, you have a few more options :

  • If you use HAL to manage input devices, copy the following HAL fdi snippet into the fdi file from /etc/hal/fdi/policy/ which you use to control your keyboard. <merge key="input.xkb.options" type="string">terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp</merge> If you do not have any custom keyboard rules, you can copy and adapt rules from /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/10-x11-input.fdi
  • If you still use xorg.conf to manage your input devices, just add the following to your keyboard's InputDevice section : Option "XkbOptions" "terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp".


Page updated June 14, 2009

Summary: This guide shows you how to upgrade to version 1.6.

Remi Cardona

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