Bug 227967 - [usability] x11-servers/xorg-server ships with black background which makes debugging X hard
Summary: [usability] x11-servers/xorg-server ships with black background which makes d...
Status: In Progress
Alias: None
Product: Ports & Packages
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Individual Port(s) (show other bugs)
Version: Latest
Hardware: Any Any
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Assignee: freebsd-x11 mailing list
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Reported: 2018-05-04 08:42 UTC by Wojciech A. Koszek
Modified: 2020-01-17 20:06 UTC (History)
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Description Wojciech A. Koszek freebsd_committer 2018-05-04 08:42:53 UTC
Historically and even right now (e.g.: in OpenBSD) upon starting blank X server one would get black/white "mess". It's easy to see things are working right, because this non-blank, non-empty image means that the X started and it's OK.

On FreeBSD the default 'background' after starting X is black background.

It's very hard to tell if it's a bug and there's a problem with a display, especially on T410 with KMS where things don't work out-of-the-box, and X configuration requires fiddling.

It'd be good if X shipped with some non-blank non-black background.
Comment 1 Tobias Kortkamp freebsd_committer 2018-05-04 10:00:39 UTC
(In reply to Wojciech A. Koszek from comment #0)
You can start Xorg with the -retro option if you want to have the X pattern back:

X -retro
startx -- -retro
Comment 2 Wojciech A. Koszek freebsd_committer 2018-05-05 00:25:23 UTC
Can we make this or other non-black option the default?
Comment 3 Mateusz Piotrowski freebsd_committer 2018-05-06 19:59:54 UTC
(In reply to Wojciech A. Koszek from comment #2)

I think that Wojciech's suggestion is actually a pretty good idea. 

It would troubleshooting easier for newcomers, wouldn't it?
Comment 4 Chris Rees freebsd_committer 2020-01-17 20:06:36 UTC
I agree, but this is a bit of an intrusive change for a port.

How about we update the docs to point out the -retro option?  I didn't know about it either!