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Re: [SLE] XFree86-4.3.0 and Suse 8.1 request for assistance
  • From: Richard <ratcheson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 00:44:03 -0600
  • Message-id: <200303130044.03511.ratcheson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Monday 10 March 2003 5:08 am, R. Stia wrote:
> Yes please! I hate to ask you to do all that work but I'm sure others on
> the list may need that help also. What I don't understand is that there
> must be others who have successfully done the upgrade.
Here's a very short version of how I recovered from the upgrade to XFree86
4.3. It may be a bit jumbled as I am doing the summary from memory. I think
you can see the major points.

My problems with the Xfree86 4.3 upgrade was brought about by using Webmin to
upgrade my system. It used apt-get –dist upgrade which eventually hosed the
X system so bad I couldnt go past Runlevel 3. sax2 simply wouldnt work

Recovery was done entiely from the command line using the vi editor to
modify files and yast to uninstall/install xfree86.

My troubles began when I changed the /etc/atp/sources.list to include
xfree86 in place of sax2.

1.Recovery begins with deleting that xfree86 entry using the vi editor.
2.Next X Windows , and in my case, KDE are reinstalled from the distro Cds
using yast.which is invoked from the command line. I also recommend you
install midnite commander so you can navigate the system and get a good idea
of what you have.
3.You should also insure that Yast2 is completely installed.
4.At this point you may have to use sax or yast to set up your video card.
5.Then a reboot cannot hurt much. So reboot and see if it all works.
6.If you can only boot to the command line, ie., level 2 , 3, then you must
modify your /etc/inittab file to allow you to boot to level 5. But first try
a startx from the command line to see if your xfree86 will work.
7.Assuming it all falls into place you are now ready to upgrade KDE to KDE3.1.
8.After upgradeing to KDE3.1, you will want to check out you File Manager to
see if it will work. If it fires up and dies rapidly, you may try deleting
the /tmp/kde,??or simply delete all that is in that directory. Restarting
things will re-create the correct files in that directory.
9.This is a very abbreviated version of how to recover from the upgrading of
xfree86 to ver 4.2.

I am going fishing for the next couple of days so I will expand the above and
try to have it on this weekend.
Hope this helps a bit.

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