Different xorg for different configs

Russell Shaw rjshaw at netspace.net.au
Mon Jul 31 05:04:58 PDT 2006

Daniel Stone wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 31, 2006 at 08:44:03PM +1000, Russell Shaw wrote:
>>Paul Kaplan wrote:
>>>I know how to use different server layout stanzas in xorg.conf to 
>>>configure X for different situations.  How would I get X to determine 
>>>whether an external monitor is attached to my system at boot time and then 
>>>call the appropriate server layout without any intervention on my part?
>>>I have a xinerama enabled config that works with my external monitor 
>>>attached, but leaves me with a largely inaccessible piece of my desktop 
>>>when the monitor isn't present.
> Unfortunately it's not possible at the moment, and I'd recommend against
> running that configuration by default, since it will have a noticeable
> impact on battery life.  We're working on it, and users of Intel
> chipsets, at least, should have some relief come 7.2.
>>I haven't seen that done. get-edid|parse-edid reads the edid from a monitor,
>>but it doesn't seem to have an option for getting the second monitor. You 
>>use that in a script if it was modified to be able to get the edid from both
> It can't, because it uses VBE.  Why would you want to get the EDID from
> an external userspace tool?  It seems completely pointless, except as an
> exercise to see if the second monitor was connected, which you can find
> out from Xorg -probe anyway.

I tried that on X11R7.0 and neither the stderr or Xorg.0.log file say
anything about any connected monitors.

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