Modular X and m4 files

Ken Moffat ken at
Wed Feb 7 07:23:41 PST 2007

On Wed, Feb 07, 2007 at 06:55:06AM -0800, Dan Nicholson wrote:
> On 2/7/07, Ken Moffat <ken at> wrote:

> >  In my builds of xorg (in /usr) I get a few m4 files installed -
> > xtrans.m4 (xtrans), xorgversion.m4 (util-macros), xaw.m4 (libXaw),
> > fontutil.m4 (font-util), xorg-server.m4 (xorg-server).  The odd thing
> > is that these are all in /usr/lib/aclocal - everything else puts m4
> > files in /usr/share/aclocal.
> I think you're using old instructions. We were passing
> --datadir=$XORG_PREFIX/lib because the early autotools for 7.0 were
> kind of messed up and this was an easy workaround to get things to Do
> the Right Thing. But, as you found out (and a lot of other people
> reported), this is wrong. Especially for the autoconf macros.

 iYou are correct.  Thanks, I'll fix my scripts for the future.

> >  FWIW, the unichrome driver overwrites xorg-via's via_drv library
> > but leaves libviaXvMC and the via.4 manpage untouched (if you
> > already installed them).  It also gives a message to say it doesn't
> > support my particular hardware (3344, unichrome 'pro' I think) :-(
> Hmm, when I was going through the files for the drivers last night, I
> saw that xf86-video-via-0.2.2 installs a libviaXvMC and libXvMCPro. Do
> you get those?

 Not with unichrome, but I do with openchrome.

> I read something about this a while back. As I understand it, there
> are 3 different drivers, all with different feature sets because no
> one can get along.
 That's the way of the world, unfortunately.

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