debian packages

John Heim jheim at
Thu Oct 11 14:12:23 EDT 2007

Did you delete the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file first? You can probably run X 
without it.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jude DaShiell" <jdashiel at>
To: <speakup at>
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2007 11:55 AM
Subject: re: debian packages

>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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