Xorg-server 1.7 to 1.9 upgrade guide


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current ebuilds are much past this, the article is very out of date
[ebuild R ] x11-base/xorg-server-1.16.4-r1:0/1.16.1
[ebuild R ] x11-base/xorg-x11-7.4-r2

Before upgrade

  • Backup your /etc/X11 directory.
  • Backup the old versions of xorg-server and drivers. This can be done with quickpkg.
  • xorg-server supports hot plugging through the event interface so ensure the evdev driver is enabled in INPUT_DEVICES in make.conf.

Basic upgrade

  1. Read and follow Gentoo's Xorg-server 1.8 Upgrade Guide
  2. Read Gentoo's Xorg-server 1.9 Upgrade Guide

After upgrade

  • Rebuild all drivers with new xorg-server, you may use qlist from Package:Portage-Utils in order to get a list of installed drivers:
# emerge -av1 $(qlist -IC x11-drivers/)


In order to configure devices that hotplugging does not handle, you may use /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d instead of /etc/X11/xorg.conf. xorg.conf is optional and if you don't need any special configuration, you may use xorg without it.

Example config: keyboard with polish layout

Next, we edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-keyboard.conf:

Section "InputClass"
	Identifier	"keyboard-all"
	Driver		"evdev"
	Option		"XkbRules"  "xorg"
	Option		"XkbModel"  "pc105"
	Option		"XkbLayout" "pl"

	MatchIsKeyboard	"on"

Known Issues

Check /var/log/Xorg.0.log if you have problems with the new xorg-server. Also, notice that some errors are present, even with a working config. Here is one such error:

[ 852.864] (EE)  ioctl EVIOCGNAME failed: Inappropriate ioctl for device

This error can be ignored, but in order to have everything clean, add MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*" into your xorg.conf. Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-keyboard.conf with your favorite text editor:

Section "InputClass"
	Identifier	    "evdev pointer catchall"
	Driver		    "evdev"
	MatchIsPointer      "on"
        MatchDevicePath     "/dev/input/evdev*"