Bug 68257 - xinitrc package nullifies ~/.Xdefaults
xinitrc package nullifies ~/.Xdefaults
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: xinitrc (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Owen Taylor
Aaron Brown
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Blocks: 67218 79579
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Reported: 2002-07-08 12:41 EDT by Enrico Scholz
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:43 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-01-24 06:22:34 EST
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Description Enrico Scholz 2002-07-08 12:41:50 EDT
Description of Problem:

Recent xinitrc package is shipping /etc/X11/Xresources which sets some Xft
variables. Unfortunately, after using 'xrdb' to load this file, the settings in
~/.Xdefaults will be ignored.

~/.Xdefaults may be oldish, but I am using it for years and I like some of its
features (e.g. using ~/.Xdefaults-<hostname> for host-dependent settings,
changed settings will be used without calling an extra program). First tries
have shown that a simple renaming to ~/.Xresources has unwanted sideeffects
(some keys do not work anymore) so I would like to keep the good old ~/.Xdefaults.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. use ~/.Xdefaults to setup your system; a sample may be 
   | echo 'xterm*background:    lightyellow' > ~/.Xdefaults
2. install recent xinitrc package
3. (re)start X
4. start xterm

Actual Results:

xterm background is not lightyellow

Expected Results:

xterm background is lightyellow
Comment 1 Owen Taylor 2002-09-10 18:36:42 EDT
About all we can do here (for the future) is add ~/.Xresources-hostname
support, which is pretty trivial.
Comment 2 Owen Taylor 2003-01-14 18:02:29 EST
Marking various no-need-to-be-private bugs public.
Comment 3 Mike A. Harris 2003-01-24 06:22:34 EST
Xdefaults is 3 years obsolete.  It is obsoleted by XFree86.org and possibly
by X.org prior to that (I don't know the history of the changes).  It was
kept in Red Hat Linux for a while longer.  It's no longer available for use,
so users should use Xresources and .Xresources instead.

Please make any enhancement requests regarding these files to
xfree86@XFree86.org directly.  If there is a need for some enhancement,
it isn't going to be limited to Red Hat Linux.

Closing NOTABUG.

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