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How come there's a pre-release version of X server on my system?

asked 2015-01-07 03:56:47 -0500

Piotr Dobrogost gravatar image

My system hangs when switching virtual consoles and I was going to file a bug similar to https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1039828 but the output of Xorg -version starts with the following information:

This is a pre-release version of the X server from Fedora Project.
It is not supported in any way.

As I've never updated Xorg to any version manually I do not understand how pre-release version could have been installed on my system?

The reported version is X.Org X Server 1.16.2.901 (1.16.3 RC 1) and I'm on Fedora 21.

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Check out this bug report:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1078902

One of the messages there has a link to a fix: adding a line in /etc/X11/Xwrapper.config.

R.

RL gravatar imageRL ( 2015-01-17 08:50:57 -0500 )edit

@RL Could you please tell me how the bug 1078902 is related to bug 1039828? They do not appear to be related.

Piotr Dobrogost gravatar imagePiotr Dobrogost ( 2015-01-19 04:09:43 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-01-16 23:37:00 -0500

QuLogic gravatar image

It's a prerelease because that's what was available and what the Fedora packagers decided to package. It is not supported by Xorg. You may still report bugs to Fedora.

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Thanks for clarification. I must admit I find it odd to include a pre-release version of software. Especially if it's such a big and important part of the system as X server is...

Piotr Dobrogost gravatar imagePiotr Dobrogost ( 2015-01-19 04:15:50 -0500 )edit

Many X developers work at or closely with Fedora/RedHat. The pre-release was almost complete, but not yet ready by the time of the Fedora release. Eventually, it should be in sync (either with patches or they'll just use the release version).

QuLogic gravatar imageQuLogic ( 2015-01-20 17:43:44 -0500 )edit

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