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Re: Editing xorg.conf

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  • Subject: Re: Editing xorg.conf
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <r@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 02:51:19 +0100
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You wrote:
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Hi
>> Don't despair. Like anything in life, it takes experience to get the
>> full benefits from a much-needed change.
>> You are using KDE now, not Gnome.
>> Go to the launcher (applications icon, much like "Start" in Windows)
>> Look under:
>> System -> Shells -> Root Bash
>> The path may vary, but you need root 'something'.
>> The rest should be the same as before...
>> dir is equivalent to ls in Linux
>> Try typing in 'ls'
>> Now... follow through to the directories as before. This might be
>> cd /etc/X11
>> kedit XF86Config   (note kedit for KDE)
>> Don't hesitate to play about with things as it will help you get some
>> familiarity...
>> The X configuration script I use in KDE is:
>> http://www.schestowitz.com/Data/XF86Config
>> I hope it makes sense, but I believe my previous set of instructions
>> will be valid too.
> Thanks for your help Roy it is much appreciated!!
> I am obviously in the wrong place to edit this file as after I 'change'
> it as you suggest I can't 'save' it. Yes I have found it!
> Let me explain.....
> Once Kumbutu loads I have a desktop with a 'K' where the windows 'Start'
> normally is.Next door R/H side is 'System'
> I can go to 'K' - System - Konsole where I have mhm (my login name) @
> DellBoyLinux (my PC/Partition name) :~$
> So: mhm@DellBoyLinux:~$
> If I type in as you suggest ( cd/etc/X11/ ) I get No such file or Dir...
> If I type in sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
> I get a file I can 'edit' as you suggest but cannot 'save' it -
> presumably as I am not in the root directory/mode or whatever as nowhere
> does it indicate how to 'save' and overwrite.
> Any more tips??

Hi again,

You need to edit the file as 'root, i.e. system administrator. Linux
protects users from doing terrible things by having ordinary users and
one which is a superuser (root). Windows will soon follow suit. So, if
you are logged in as mhm (as the above suggests), then you are trying to
manipulate things as an ordinary user.


Is what you ought to see when you log in as root. Around the same bunch
of programs where you found shell/terminal (command-line), try to find
one which corresponds to 'root'. It always exists somewhere. Let me know
if it all goes alright...

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