Xorg error messages are poor.

Nicholas Battaglia nickybatts at gmail.com
Thu Mar 30 16:13:13 BST 2006

Yes, I think this should be filed as a bug as well.

On 3/30/06, Scott Bronson <bronson at rinspin.com> wrote:
> On Tuesday 28 March 2006 14:16, Andy wrote:
> > If the X server is unable to start, you get a horrid looking error
> message
> > which offers to show a log file incomprehensible to 99% of the
> population
> > (see my picture: http://i1.tinypic.com/sfulab.jpg ).
> agreed.
> > Instead perhaps we could show a friendly error message, and offer to try
> > and guess a safe configuration (or perhaps just run dpkg-reconfigure)?
> I expect that must people running stable will see this dialog when they
> move a hard drive to a new machine or swap video cards.  In this case it
> makes perfect sense to offer the option to reconfigure the X subsystem.
> (The proper fix, of course, is to make it so X is as resilient as the
> Linux kernel to hardware changes but that is still years off).
> Most of the time it's happened to me, however, a dpkg-reconfigure
> wouldn't have helped.  Last time I think I saw it due to a GDM theme
> bug.  So reconfiguring shouldn't be the only choice.
> > and worse still typing help on the
> > command line brings up 'help' for bash rather than the general system!)
> Interesting observation.  I never thought about it but, yes, that's some
> of the most user-hostile help I've ever seen.  I vote for filing this as
> a bug.
>     - Scott
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