On Thu, 17 Sep 2009 06:49:24 -0700
David Wolfskill <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I've been in the practice of running multiple bootable slices on my
> laptop, arranged such that each slice has its own / and /usr, but other
> chunks of disk (such as /usr/local, /var, home directories, and swap
> space) are shared. (Naturally, the machine is in only one environment
> at a time.)
> With that setup, then, I have been tracking RELENG_6 (now stable/6),
> RELENG_7 (now stable/7), and HEAD (now head) -- leaving one slice for
> "messing around." I have a local mirror of the FreeBSD CVS & SVN
> repositories (to facilitate work while I'm on the train, for example),
> and I have been tracking FreeBSD stable/6, stab\le/7, and head, as well
> as updating ports, on a daily basis for quite a while.
> As the laptop is "user-facing," I've tended to accumulate quite a few
> installed ports; as updating some of those is rather time-consuming,
> and I want to be able to actually use my laptop for more than merely
> building software, I have taken to building the ports under the oldest
> installed version of FreeBSD and installing the appropriate
> misc/compatNx port(s) while running the more recent versions.
> For the most part, this has worked pretty well, and has allowed me to
> get a bit of an idea of what's in the pipeline for upcoming releases.
> A few weeks ago, though, I found that when I tried to start Xorg while
> running stable/7, the mouse & keyboard apparently locked up. While I
> had used hald(8) when Xorg was changed to defaul to requiring it, I had
> given up on that as not worth the trouble, and changed xorg.conf so
> hald(8) was no longer required. I also changed /etc/rc.conf so neither
> hald(8) nor dbus(8) was started.
> More recently -- about a week ago -- a similar effect occured in head.
> (Up to that point, Xorg ran fine in stable/6 and head, but not in
> This morning, I tried disabling DRI in xorg.conf -- and now Xorg runs OK
> in stable/6, stable/7, and head. (Well, perhaps not with the best
> performance, but running at all is a great deal better than requiring a
> power-cycle to reboot and requiring a reboot to function.)
> It's quite possible that what I'm trying to do is sufficiently unususal
> that it's not worth the effort to "fix" it. That said, I'll be happy to
> test changes that folks would care to suggest.
Maybe you need to install misc/compat7x also for things to work with
head? Don't forget options COMPAT_FREEBSD7 in your kernconf for head.