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RE: [SLUG] Re: Success with X Windows, of a sort ...

Actually, the message I received when I had a closer look after sending my
last (success !!) message was

             "This xserver does not support the Shape extension.
             This is needed for Enlightenment to run.
             Your Xserver is probably too old or misconfigured"

I know I have XFree86 Version 4.0.3 installed via apt-get but but my XF86
Config is 1996 vintage.

Other uggestions I have received include

apt-get install task-x-window-System      (overkill perhaps, but it might


dkpg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86          (a bit more targeted)

At the moment I'm just glad to have my GUI up again but I would like to fix
the anomaly sometime.
I assume that Debian potato 2.2.r2 which I initially installed used XFree86
4.0.3 - it had a much more aesthetic login.

Adam Bogacki.

-----Original Message-----
From: Conrad Parker [mailto:conrad@nospam.vergenet.net]
Sent: 28 June, 2001 10:43 PM
To: Adam Bogacki,,,
Cc: slug@nospam.slug.org.au
Subject: Re: [SLUG] Re: Success with X Windows, of a sort ...

On Thu, 28 Jun 2001,  Adam Bogacki,,, wrote:
> authentification passwords and I was in. The only difference I find is
> that I cannot now run Enlightenment. An error message appears saying
> that I need the 'Shape' package. When I try 'apt-get install Shape' I
> get the message that it cannot find it.

you need to enable the Xserver's Shape extension to run Enlightenment.
Shape is what lets you have non-square windows: E uses it lots, as does
xdaliclock etc.

try putting the following in your XF86Config in the "Module" section,
probably near the top:

    # This loads the DBE extension module
    Load "dbe"	# Double buffer extension

    # This loads the miscellaneous extension module, and disables
    # initialisation of the XFree86-DGA extension within that module.
    SubSection "extmod"
      Option "omit xfree86-dga"  # don't initialise the DGA extension

(there was some conflict with that stuff and shape or something, iirc)


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