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xorgcfg - Graphical configuration tool for Xorg


xorgcfg [-config configfile] [-modulepath moduledir] [-fontpath fontsdir] [-toolkitoption ...]


Xorgcfg is a tool to configure Xorg, and can be used to either write the initial configuration file or make customizations to the current configuration.

When the DISPLAY environment variable is not set, xorgcfg will run the command Xorg -configure to allow the xserver to detect the hardware in the computer, and write an initial xorg.conf file in the user's home directory. Then, it will start Xorg and allow customizations.

If the DISPLAY environment variable is set, xorgcfg will read the default xorg.conf, which may or may not be the one being used by the current server, and allow customizations.

To use an alternative location for modules or fonts the respective search paths may be specified.

Unless there is an Apply button in the current xorgcfg dialog, the changes made will take place the next time Xorg is started.

Xorgcfg allows addition and configuration of new devices, such as video cards, monitors, keyboards and mouses.

Screen layout configuration for xinerama or traditional multi-head is also available.

Modelines can be configured or optimized.

AccessX basic configurations can be made in the xorgcfg's accessx section.


Specifies an alternate xorg.conf file for configuration.
Specifies where xorgcfg, and the server it may start, should look for Xorg modules.
Specifies the complete path, not including the binary name, of the Xorg binary.
Specifies the path to the fonts that should be used by the server started by xorgcfg.
Specifies the path to the rgb.txt file that should be used by the server started by xorgcfg, if any.
If xorgcfg was compiled with support for ncurses, this option makes xorgcfg enter a text mode interface.
When built with support for loading modules, this options changes xorgcfg behaviour, so that it will not load any modules, and thus start quicker.


Default host and display number.
Directory where Xorg was installed, defaults to /usr/X11R6.
Name of a resource file that overrides the global resources stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.


Server configuration file
Server configuration file
Server configuration file
Server configuration file
Server configuration file
Specifies xorgcfg resources

specific configuration

See Also

Xorg(1x) , xorg.conf(5x)


Copyright 2000, Conectiva Linux S.A.
Copyright 2000, The XFree86 Project


Paulo C'esar Pereira de Andrade <>
originally for The XFree86 Project.



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