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From: Brett Johnson <brett@...>
Subject: Re: some xorg related questions
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 08:16:05 -0600
On Thu, Jan 12, 2006 at 08:32:00AM +0000, Neil Stone wrote:
> 1. All of my fonts have gone small.. whats up with that, I know I have
> updated a few things, but (afaik) nothing that would cause this to happen
Did you happen to upgrade x-org? Small fonts can be cause by running X
in low dpi (75x75) with a high resolution (ie 1600x1200). If you
upgraded x-org, and had your xserver configured with a higher dpi
(100x100), there's a chance you're server configuration was reset to the
default 75x75. If this is the case, you need to determine which method
is used to start X and modify the server config file and add -dpi 100
(or what ever value you prefer). 

You can also check your current dpi setting from a terminal in X with
something like:
xdpyinfo | grep -A 3 screen

You should see something like:
default screen number:    0
number of screens:    1

screen #0:
dimensions:    1600x1200 pixels (406x305 millimeters)
resolution:    100x100 dots per inch
depths (7):    24, 1, 4, 8, 15, 16, 32

The resolution line shows the dpi.

An good docment (slightly dated)  that covers fonts is X is:
http://www.faqs.org/docs/Linux-mini/FDU.html
Section 2.1 and 2.2 talk about some simple chages that can make
a big difference.

I also found this document which seems to be current, but I have not had
a chance to fully review it yet:
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Font-HOWTO/index.html

> 
> 2. xfs - I can't suss out how to get this installed... and wouw it help
> the above situ ?
xfs is no longer built by default, and has been moved to a USE flag.
To build xfs you should run the following command to add XFS to your
/etc/portage/package.use file and rebuild X:
echo "x11-base/xorg-x11 font-server" >> /etc/portage/package.use

You should note that Xft is now the preferred method of handling fonts
in xorg, and Xfs in considered insecure, so that is why it is disabled
by default.
> 
> 3. TwinView.... I saw a few posts of people using this, and I would like
> to have a go... can someone point me at a document that would provide me
> recent, revevant information on being able to use multiple monitors in
> xorg ?
zless /usr/share/doc/nvidia-kernel-<VERSION>/README.gz
There is a section in there about setting up Twinview using the version
drivers you have installed.

For more generic information:
http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Dual_Monitors

Brett
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