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    Post HOW TO repair a broken xorg.conf from the command line

    A few days ago I messed around with trying to install glx and ended up leaving me stranded with a command line login. Being the noob that I am I atempted the impossible, to fix my xorg.conf. for this you will need too learn a little command line voodoo. nothing to hard.

    commands:
    cd: enter a directory
    ls: list the files in a directory
    cp: copy files to another directory
    mv: move files to another directory or rename file

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    what I did was first enter the directory

    $cd /etc/X11/

    than list the files in the directory

    $ls

    I renamed the broken xorg.conf to xorg.conf.broken

    /etc/X11$ mv xorg.conf xorg.conf.broken

    I made a backup of the backup

    sudo cp xorg.conf.backup /home

    than made the backup conf file to the default conf by removing the .backup

    mv xorg.conf.backup xorg.conf

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    rebooted my box and did a little victory dance
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    Re: HOW TO repair a broken xorg.conf from the command line

    This all assumes you actually made a backup. But even if you did, you could save yourself some steps here:
    Code:
    sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.broken
    sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    You don't need to do all that cding and moving to your /home directory first.

    If you don't have a backup copy, you can also do
    Code:
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
    to re-create the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. Presumably, Feisty Fawn will have something called "bulletproof X," which means you'll never be stuck at the command-line unless you want to be.

    By the way, I've moved your HowTo to the appropriate section in the forums.
    Last edited by aysiu; December 17th, 2006 at 07:20 PM.

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    Re: HOW TO repair a broken xorg.conf from the command line

    also "nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf" to edit the file from the command line to reverse any changes you made that borked it

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    Re: HOW TO repair a broken xorg.conf from the command line

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanr View Post
    also "nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf" to edit the file from the command line to reverse any changes you made that borked it
    Don't you need a sudo in there? You can also create a backup copy of the broken one by inserting a -B flag in there:
    Code:
    sudo nano -B /etc/X11/xorg.conf

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    Re: HOW TO repair a broken xorg.conf from the command line

    thanks for the tip I. It'll definitly save me some writing
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    Re: HOW TO repair a broken xorg.conf from the command line

    Hi - I am trying to do this but can't get to a command line in ubuntu. I've tried alt-f4 ( actually all the function keys) any tips?

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    Re: HOW TO repair a broken xorg.conf from the command line

    Quote Originally Posted by ivanoats View Post
    Hi - I am trying to do this but can't get to a command line in ubuntu. I've tried alt-f4 ( actually all the function keys) any tips?
    if X has initialized you will need to use ctrl - alt - F(1-6)
    also if you have a newer keyboard .. check the F Lock

    *EDIT*
    the terminal on F1 is where X is running at ... so ctrl-alt-F1 ... and you will see a bunch of goobly-gock ... hit ctrl-C to break out of X running (sorry about the n00b language im definately not an expert)
    Last edited by LameBMX; December 24th, 2006 at 02:06 AM. Reason: added how to kill X at term tty1

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    Re: HOW TO repair a broken xorg.conf from the command line

    Thanks for responding. Unfortunately Ctrl-Alt-F1 (or any other F key) does not work. Any other suggestions?

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    Re: HOW TO repair a broken xorg.conf from the command line

    Hi.
    If you want to just use the command line all you have to do is logout restart and press "ESC"
    at boot and you will be given the option to logon with just a terminal or fail-safe terminal and from there you will be able do your repair.

    Hope that helps!
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