There are two steps to getting things up and running. The first
is to select the appropriate server that you will be using and set it up
as the default server. The second step is to set up the
file. This file is used to configure the server for your pointer device
(e.g. mouse, trackball), video card, and monitor, as well as a few other
XF86Config file contains several sections; these
procedures will lead you through filling out each part.
There is a default/sample
XF86Config file in
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/XF86Config.sample; you should copy
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/XF86Config, and edit that file to your
The XF86Config(4/5) manual page describes the
XF86Config file contents and options in detail.
Be sure to read through that manual page as you fill in your
The sections of the
XF86Config file are:
Sets the default font and RGB paths.
Sets a few general server options. Refer to the manual page to learn about these.
Sets up keyboard devices, and sets a few optional parameters.
Sets up the pointer devices, and sets a few optional parameters.
Describes your monitor(s) to the server.
Describes your video hardware to the server.
Describes how the monitor and video hardware should be used.