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    1: **Contents**
    3: [[!toc levels=3]]
    5: # X
    7: ## What is X?
    9: NetBSD uses the X Window System (often referred as X11) to provide a graphical
   10: interface. In NetBSD 5.0, the amd64, i386, macppc, shark, sgimips, and sparc64
   11: ports use X.Org and the rest use XFree86.
   13: Please note that the X Window System is a rather bare bones framework. It acts
   14: as a base for modern desktop environments like GNOME or KDE, but they are not
   15: part of the X Window System. NetBSD ships with the X Window System, but it does
   16: not include these desktop environments; they must be added via pkgsrc.
   18: When you start using X you'll find many new terms which you may find confusing
   19: at first. The basic elements are:
   21:  * *Video hardware*, i.e., your video card.
   22:  * An *X server* running on top of the hardware. The X server provides a
   23:    standard way to display graphics (including fonts for text display) and get
   24:    mouse/keyboard/other input. X is network-transparent, which means that you
   25:    can run X clients on one machine, and the X server (i.e., the display, with
   26:    video hardware) on another machine.
   27:  * *X clients*. These are the programs you directly interact with. They run on
   28:    top of the X server. A web browser like Firefox is an example of an X client.
   29:  * A *window manager* running on top of the X server. The window manager is a
   30:    special X client that is allowed to control the placement of windows. It can
   31:    also *decorate* windows with standard *widgets* (usually these provide
   32:    actions like window motion, resizing, iconifying, window killing, etc.).
   33:  * A *desktop environment* such as GNOME or KDE. These are suites of integrated
   34:    software designed to give you a well-defined range of software and a more or
   35:    less common interface to each program. These typically include a window
   36:    manager, file manager, web browser, email client, multimedia player, text
   37:    editor, address book, help browser, etc. As you may have guessed, a desktop
   38:    environment is not needed to use X, but many users will want to install one.
   41: ## Configuration
   43: In some cases, you may be able to start using X without any configuration at
   44: all, and **startx** will work just fine. In many cases, however, some
   45: configuration of the X server is required. Depending on the port you use, this
   46: configuration file will be either `/etc/X11/xorg.conf` (for platforms using
   47: or `/etc/X11/XF86Config` (for those using XFree86). The structure of the
   48: configuration file is described formally in
   49: [xorg.conf(5)](
   50: or
   51: [XF86Config(5)](
   53: To generate an initial configuration file for your X server, run the command
   55:     # X -configure
   57: This command should create a configuration file and place it in your home
   58: directory. To test the generated configuration file, run, e.g.,
   60:     # X -config ~/
   62: If this succeeds, you should see a crosshatched background and a cursor in the
   63: shape of an X. Try moving the cursor around to verify that the mouse is
   64: functional. To quit, press `Ctrl-Alt-Backspace`.
   66: If the above test was successful, move the file into place (as either
   67: `/etc/X11/xorg.conf` or `/etc/X11/XF86Config`) and you are ready to go. The
   68: following sections may be of interest or use, but are not required reading.
   70: ## The mouse
   72: PS/2 and USB mice will normally be autodetected, and a configuration entry like
   73: the following will be generated:
   75:     Section "InputDevice"
   76:             Identifier  "Mouse0"
   77:             Driver      "mouse"
   78:             Option      "Protocol" "wsmouse"
   79:             Option      "Device" "/dev/wsmouse"
   80:             Option      "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"
   81:     EndSection
   83: For a serial mouse on the first serial port, try something like:
   85:     Section "InputDevice"
   86:             Identifier  "Mouse0"
   87:             Driver      "mouse"
   88:             Option      "Protocol" "auto"
   89:             Option      "Device" "/dev/tty00"
   90:     EndSection
   92: In this example. `/dev/tty00` is the first serial port. Use `/dev/tty01` for the
   93: second, and so on. Protocol `auto` will try to automatically detect the protocol
   94: of your serial mouse. If this doesn't work, try values like `Microsoft`,
   95: `IntelliMouse` or `Logitech`. See
   96: [mousedrv(4)](
   97: for more information.
   99: ## The keyboard
  101: Even if you have already configured your keyboard for wscons (see
  102: [[wscons|guide/cons#wscons]]), you need to configure it for X as well, at
  103: least if you want to use a non-US layout.
  105: An easy solution is to use the XKB protocol to specify the keyboard type and
  106: layout.
  108: Here is an example that shows how to use a German keyboard:
  110:     Section "InputDevice"
  111:             Identifier  "Keyboard0"
  112:             Driver      "kbd"
  113:             Option      "XkbRules" "xorg"
  114:             Option      "XkbModel" "pc105"
  115:             Option      "XkbLayout" "de"
  116:             Option      "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
  117:     EndSection
  119: If you wish to change the repeat rate of your keyboard, you can set it with the
  120: `AutoRepeat` option, which takes two arguments: delay and rate, respectively.
  121: The following example sets the initial delay to 200 milliseconds and the repeat
  122: rate to 30 per second:
  124:     Option      "AutoRepeat"    "200 30"
  126: If X is already running, the keyboard repeat rate can be changed with the
  127: [xset(1)](
  128: command:
  130:     $ xset r 200 30
  132: You can also run this command in your `.xinitrc` file. See below ([[Customizing
  133: X|guide/x#customizing]]) for more information.
  135: ## The monitor
  137: If X does not run at the resolution you think it should, first run **xrandr**
  138: and see if the resolution you want is listed. If your preferred resolution is
  139: listed in that command's output, you can change resolutions with, e.g.,
  141:     $ xrandr -s 1680x1050
  143: If your preferred resolution is not listed, or you have issues with flickering,
  144: you may need to manually specify your monitor's horizontal and vertical
  145: frequencies. These can be set with the `HorizSync` and `VertRefresh` directives
  146: in the `Monitor` section. An example is provided below.
  148:     Section "Monitor"
  149:             Identifier   "Monitor0"
  150:             VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
  151:             ModelName    "Monitor Model"
  152:             HorizSync    30-83
  153:             VertRefresh  56-75
  154:     EndSection
  156: Possible values for your specific monitor can often be found in the manual,
  157: sometimes even on the monitor itself.
  159: ## The video card
  161: Normally, your video card will be automatically detected. In the event that this
  162: autodetection fails, all available drivers can be found in
  163: `/usr/X11R7/lib/modules/drivers`. (Replace `X11R7` with `X11R6` if you use a
  164: port that has not yet switched to X.Org.) The driver can be set with the
  165: `Driver` directive in the `Device` section, as shown below.
  167:     Section "Device"
  168:             Identifier  "Card0"
  169:             Driver      "intel"
  170:     EndSection
  172: ## Starting X
  174: You can start X with the following command:
  176:     $ startx
  178: If your basic X server configuration is correct, you are left in the X
  179: environment with the default window manager (twm). If you want a more advanced
  180: window manager or desktop environment, many are available in pkgsrc. See [[Other
  181: window managers or desktop
  182: environments|guide/x#other_window_managers_or_desktop_environments]] for
  183: information about adding and changing window managers.
  185: ## Customizing X
  187: One of the first things you will want to do is to change the programs that run
  188: when X is first started. The easiest way to do this is to copy the default
  189: `.xinitrc` file to your home directory and modify it, or create a simple new one
  190: from scratch. For example:
  192:     $ cp /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc ~/.xinitrc
  193:     $ vi ~/.xinitrc
  195: The following example shows how to start the window manager (twm) and open an
  196: instance of the xclock and xterm programs. The screen background color is set to
  197: `bisque4`, which is defined in `/usr/X11R7/lib/X11/rgb.txt`.
  199:     ...
  200:     # start some nice programs
  201:     xclock -geometry 50x50-1-1 &
  202:     xsetroot -solid bisque4 &
  203:     xterm -geometry 80x34-1+1 -bg OldLace &
  205:     exec twm    # no '&' here
  207: With this type of setup, to quit X you must exit the window manager, which is
  208: usually done by selecting `exit` from its menu.
  210: The above example is very simple, but illustrates the basics of controlling the
  211: clients that are run when X is started. You can run any number of commands from
  212: your `.xinitrc`, including basic X configuration commands like **xset b off** to
  213: turn off the bell.
  215: ## Other window managers or desktop environments
  217: If you don't like twm, which is a very simple window manager, you can install
  218: another window manager or a desktop environment from pkgsrc. The following
  219: example uses the Openbox window manager, but there are many others available in
  220: `pkgsrc/wm`.
  222: Openbox can be installed via binary packages or compiled with pkgsrc. As always,
  223: assuming a properly set `PKG_PATH`, the binary package method is:
  225:     # pkg_add -v openbox
  227: Or, with pkgin:
  229:     # pkgin install openbox
  231: To build it with pkgsrc, run:
  233:     # cd /usr/pkgsrc/wm/openbox
  234:     # make install
  236: Openbox is now installed; to start it you must modify your `.xinitrc` file:
  237: substitute the line which calls `twm` with a line which calls `openbox`. For
  238: example:
  240:     # start some useful programs
  241:     xclock -geometry 50x50-1-1 &
  242:     # start window manager:
  243:     exec openbox   # no '&' here
  245: The [startx(1)](
  246: command will start the X11 session with Openbox. As configured in the example
  247: `.xinitrc` file above, choosing `Exit` or similar from the window manager's menu
  248: will quit the window manager and end the X11 session.
  250: Installing a desktop environment is almost as easy. The following example shows
  251: how to use the Xfce desktop environment.
  253:     # pkg_add -v xfce4
  254:     # cp /usr/pkg/share/examples/rc.d/famd /etc/rc.d
  255:     # cp /usr/pkg/share/examples/rc.d/dbus /etc/rc.d
  256:     # cp /usr/pkg/share/examples/rc.d/hal /etc/rc.d
  257:     # echo rpcbind=YES >> /etc/rc.conf
  258:     # echo famd=YES >> /etc/rc.conf
  259:     # echo dbus=YES >> /etc/rc.conf
  260:     # echo hal=YES >> /etc/rc.conf
  261:     # /etc/rc.d/rpcbind start
  262:     # /etc/rc.d/famd start
  263:     # /etc/rc.d/dbus start
  264:     # /etc/rc.d/hal start
  266: After running the above commands, edit your `.xinitrc` as above and change
  267: `openbox` (or `twm`) to `xfce4-session`. The next time you run `startx`, the
  268: Xfce desktop environment will be started.
  270: ## Graphical login with xdm
  272: If you always use X and the first thing you do after you log in is run `startx`,
  273: you can set up a graphical login to do this automatically. It is very easy:
  275:  1. Create the `.xsession` file in your home directory. This file is similar to
  276:     `.xinitrc` and can, in fact, be a link to it.
  278:         $ ln -s .xinitrc ~/.xsession
  280:  2. Modify `/etc/rc.conf`, adding the following line:
  282:         xdm=YES       # x11 display manager
  284:  3. Start xdm (or reboot your system, as this will be done automatically from
  285:     now on):
  287:         # /etc/rc.d/xdm start
  289: The configuration files for xdm are in the `/etc/X11/xdm` directory. The
  290: `Xservers` file specifies the virtual console that X is started on. It defaults
  291: to `vt05`, which is the console you reach via `Ctrl+Alt+F5`. If you want to use
  292: a different virtual console, change vt05 as desired. In order to avoid keyboard
  293: contention between getty and xdm, be sure to start xdm on a virtual terminal
  294: where getty is disabled. For example, if in `Xservers` you have:
  296:     :0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X :0 vt04
  298: Then, in `/etc/ttys` you should have:
  300:     ttyE3   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         vt220   off secure
  302: (Please note that `vt04` corresponds to `ttyE3`; In `/etc/X11/xdm/Xservers`,
  303: numbering starts at 1, but in `/etc/ttys`, numbering starts at 0).
  305: If you want to change the look of your xdm login screen, you can modify the xdm
  306: configuration file. For example, to change the background color you can add the
  307: following line to the `Xsetup_0` file:
  309:     xsetroot -solid SeaGreen

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