[blfs-support] no keyboard or mouse in Xorg

Thomas de Roo thomas at de-roo.org
Thu Feb 9 05:23:59 PST 2012

I did build Xorg in /usr/X11. That shouldn't be a problem, right? I'm not sure what went wrong, but I found a workaround: I moved all the options in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/* to /etc/X11/xorg.conf, leaving /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d empty. Now X works, don't ask me why, though...

Thanks for the help!

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From: blfs-support-bounces at linuxfromscratch.org [mailto:blfs-support-bounces at linuxfromscratch.org] On Behalf Of Ken Moffat
Sent: donderdag 9 februari 2012 0:18
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Subject: Re: [blfs-support] no keyboard or mouse in Xorg

On Wed, Feb 08, 2012 at 10:47:08PM +0100, Thomas de Roo wrote:
> Dear all,
> I just finished building Xorg. I have xome problems getting the config right. When I start X, I get the following output:
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> -----------------------------------------
> X.Org X Server 1.11.2
[ snipping things that look ok ]

> (==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Wed Feb  8 22:36:29 2012
> (==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
> (==) Using config directory: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d"
> (==) Using system config directory "/usr/X11/share/X11/xorg.conf.d"
 How did you get /usr/X11/share/X11 ?  I suppose you have built xorg in
/usr/X11 instead of /usr.  Seems an unusual thing to do.

 I can see that the book symlinks /etc/X11 [ unnecessary for those of us who build xorg in /usr, but perhaps useful if you are intending to install newer versions of xorg on the same base system
- for myself, /usr (and good backups, with logs of what gets
installed) is far simpler.
> Parse error on line 7 of section InputClass in file 
> /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-evdev.conf
>         "Section" is not a valid keyword in this section.
> (EE) Problem parsing the config file
> (EE) Error parsing the config file
> Fatal server error:
> no screens found

 Well, my own 10-evdev.conf has
Section "InputClass"
on line 7 and appears to work.

 I also have 11-keyboard.conf (the name isn't important) with a similar line.

 So, you are using what I regard as an odd --prefix (other people here will think it is perfectly sane, and it certainly ought to work if used *throughout_xorg*).  Did you use this prefix for *all* the xorg packages ?

 Have you omitted any xorg packages ?  I omit *loads*, but I'm thinking that you maybe missed something which handles how the conf files are parsed.  I've certainly not seen any reports of this sort of error, and for the moment it baffles me.

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