debian packages

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Mon Oct 8 12:55:01 EDT 2007

I figured installing a desktop environment using tasksel and installing 
orca with all dependencies should work with debian.  Wrong.  When I 
rebooted the system, I find that the desktop environment won't come up 
because /etc/X11/xorg.conf isn't fully and correctly built.  The debian 
way to solve this problem is to do dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg and 
answer the questions.  Unfortunately dpkg-reconfigure runs a utility 
called dexconf and that utility will not rewrite the /etc/X11/xorg.conf 
file under any circumstances I've been able to figure out.  I sent a copy 
of a typescript output 14K long to a friend and also debian-user mailing 
list and nobody so far has a clue why what's happening is happening. 
Another contact I have may be willing to check this one out and put in 
some good values for me but if that fails it's time to enter some bugs. 
Short of that, I may be able to install ubuntu on this computer and get it 
talking then copy the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file ubuntu creates and perhaps 
use it in the debian system.

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