[ubuntu-x] Bullet-proof X ate my homework

Rob Hughes rob at robhughes.com
Mon Oct 15 14:39:34 BST 2007

On Sun, 2007-10-14 at 22:55 -0700, Bryce Harrington wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 12:35:40PM -0500, Rob Hughes wrote:
> > Hi All,
> > 
> > Well, maybe not my homework, but with the latest Gutsy updates, I
> > rebooted to make the new kernel active, but had not yet installed the
> > nvidia binary driver for that kernel version. As expected, the system
> > came up in fallback (or whatever it's called) mode. The problem is that
> > after installing the driver, I couldn't find my original xorg.conf
> > anywhere. Also, I wasn't able to switch from the fallback mode to a
> > console VT in order to fix what was going on. I had to select a failsafe
> > xterm to get to a prompt and do a gdm stop. I assume neither of these
> > are expected behaviors?
> Hi Rob,
> Sorry to hear about this, but yeah neither of these are expected
> behavior.
> The original xorg.conf should be located at /etc/X11/xorg.conf.N.  If
> not, please report that as a bug.
> I'm also surprised you couldn't switch to a console via ctrl+alt+F1 or
> similar - that's exactly what I've been using to troubleshoot issues.
> Most likely, whatever is causing that issue is a driver (or maybe
> kernel) issue.  Please put in a bug report on this, and make sure to
> include a very detailed description of how to reproduce it, just in case
> it's occurring due to something unique you're doing.
> Obviously, it's too late to get changes in for Gutsy, but please report
> them (and assign to me since they're bulletproof-x issues) and hopefully
> we can get them ironed out fairly soon.  If they seem critical enough we
> may be able to get them included in Gutsy updates.
> Bryce

heh... no need to apologize. I wouldn't be running pre-release if I
wasn't looking for things to break ;) I'll do bug reports on both

I might be doing something wrong on the console switching, but I don't
think I am. Just ctrl-alt-fX to switch to a different VT, but that isn't
working when the bulletproof config comes up. Maybe it's due to the fact
that I use a USB keyboard? It's certainly working now that I have my
normal config running. Anyway, we can run over things further in the
course of investigating those bugs.

Also, I haven't forgotten about fleshing out the specs we talked about.
Mid-year reviews at work and the end of the cycling season have been
taking up a lot of my time. Those are done now though, so I should
finally be able to start focusing on getting those done.


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