How to make xorg prefer "nvidia" over "nv" driver in a xorg.conf less configuration?

Daniel Stone daniel at
Thu May 14 00:20:08 PDT 2009

On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 06:58:44AM +0000, Francesco Pretto wrote:
> I'm sorry, but this not a very useful answer. You are basically saying "the
> driver loading priority of Xorg is hardcoded and if you want to change it,
> recompile Xserver". I've already read that discussions in the past: I DON'T want
> Xorg to default ship with "nvidia" set at higher priority and I perfectly agree
> with reverting that commit. I just want to learn how to configure my system to
> accomplish what I've asked. There are 2 considerations:
> 1) You've pointed me the driver loading priority is hardcoded in Xorg so can't
> be changed by normal users. Maybe HAL fdi policies files can be used to
> accomodate my task?
> 2) If there's no configurable option to solve this, this would de definitively a
> lacking feature: Xorg can't prefer one driver instead of another in a xorg.conf
> less configuration. As I've explained, this would be very useful in my setup
> where basically I continue to swap video card depending the fact I'm running
> native or virtualized.

If you want to configure Xorg, why not use xorg.conf?

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