Debian unstable X11-related bug and workaround -- Unrecognized option: /etc/X11/xinit/xserverrc

FYI, if you're not using xdm/kdm/gdm but are instead starting the X11 server manually with startx (which is what I usually do) you might have experienced brokenness in Debian unstable recently:

Fatal server error:
Unrecognized option: /etc/X11/xinit/xserverrc

This is already reported as bug #482425 and #482527 and should hopefully be fixed soon, but in the meantime this patch against /usr/bin/startx should work around the issue:

--- /usr/bin/startx.orig 2008-05-26 18:21:26.000000000 +0200
+++ /usr/bin/startx     2008-05-26 18:21:36.000000000 +0200
@@ -107,9 +107,7 @@
 if [ x"$server" = x ]; then
     # if no server arguments or display either, use rc file instead
     if [ x"$serverargs" = x -a x"$display" = x ]; then
-       server=$defaultserver
-       display=$defaultdisplay

Hope that saves some people out there lengthy investigations and hassle.

Stuff II

Hm, this was a good day.

  • I have unsubscribed 10 mailing lists or so today. More time. Good feeling.
  • My btscanner package has entered Debian unstable today. btscanner is a Kismet-like tool "designed specifically to extract as much information as possible from a Bluetooth device without the requirement to pair. A detailed information screen extracts HCI and SDP information, and maintains an open connection to monitor the RSSI and link quality".
  • I have upgraded my DSL contract to another one which is almost as cheap as the previous one, but gives me ca. 700 K/s instead of 120 K/s. Good deal ;)
  • I have upgraded to Xorg 7.0 today, and nothing broke!!!1 Great stuff.

A bunch of new releases

Some interesting Free Software releases:

Lots of stuff to try out...

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