[kde-freebsd] Call for Testing KDE 4.2 for FreeBSD

Matt datahead4 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 3 23:36:02 CET 2009

On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 12:02 PM, Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.com> wrote:
> David Naylor wrote:
>> On Tuesday 03 February 2009 18:44:55 Kris Moore wrote:
>>> David Naylor wrote:
>>>> On Tuesday 03 February 2009 15:05:19 Max Brazhnikov wrote:
>>>>> On Tue, 3 Feb 2009 08:31:10 +0200, David Naylor wrote:
>>>>>> On Monday 02 February 2009 12:01:10 David Naylor wrote:
>>>>>> Just finished compiling on FreeBSD 7.1 and have found the following
>>>>>> problems: 1. The fonts are not being anti-aliased?  (Using default
>>>>>> fonts and "Use anti-aliasing: Enabled {with sub-pixel rendering
>>>>>> [RGB]}).
>>>>> man fonts-conf? Never had problems with fonts, can't help here :(
>>>> I suspect this has something to do with nvidia driver.  If one changes
>>>> the fonts to bitstream then anti-aliasing does work (but not with the
>>>> default fonts).
>>> Have any of you guys been able to get KDE 4.2 to work with the latest
>>> Xorg 7.4 in ports, and the nvidia driver? I'm playing with it here, and
>>> it always seems to crash X right after KDE finishes logging into my
>>> desktop. When I switch to "vesa" it works just fine.
>>> Using nvidia 180.25, Xorg 7.4, KDE 4.2, etc.
>> I had some problems with Xorg and undefined symbols but that was just for
>> probing.  Another problem I had was my previous xorg.conf didn't work, I
>> needed to provide BusID in my Device section.
>> Other then that now everything appears fine.  Desktop Effects are working
>> without glitch.  I did have some problems logging in, X/KDE just freezes but
>> Ctrl-Alt-Backspace and relogin works just fine?
>> I'm using nvidia-driver-177.80, xorg-7.4 on FreeBSD 7.1 (Nvidia 7600GT x2).
>> Does you xorg.log say anything useful, have you tried with a new config file
>> (Xorg -configure, nvidia-settings)?
> No errors, just X crashing and restarting after KDE loads. However, i
> think I've figured it out now. We've been using these nvidia driver
> options by default to improve performance in kde4:
>     Option         "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"
>     Option         "RenderAccel" "true"
>     Option         "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "true"
>     Option         "UseEvents" "false"
>     Option         "TripleBuffer" "1"
>     Option         "DamageEvents" "1"
>     Option         "BackingStore" "1"
>     Option         "PixmapCacheSize" "70000"
>     Option         "OnDemandVBlankInterrupts" "true"
>     Option         "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps" "true"
> I disabled all of them, and just used the nvidia defaults, and it works
> properly now. (Running with nvidia driver 180.25) Most likely one of
> those was causing the crash when KDE loaded up. Aside from that, it
> seems to be working great now!  KDE 4.2 is a huge step in the right
> direction :)

Finally had some time to install the updated Xorg and KDE 4.2 packages
and found similar results.  Xorg was regularly crashing with similar
nvidia settings that Kris mentions above.  Removing those stabilized
things - haven't done any troubleshooting to see which one(s) were the
actual problems.  Graphical performance remains very fast without the
options now, which is nice.  This is with nvidia driver 180.25.

Haven't noticed any other obvious problems.  I launch X with startx
and don't use kdm.

> Any word on the kde4 printer app / python work? How about getting the
> improved kipi-plugins-kde4 thrown in with area51?

The kipi-plugins-kde4 port (with the updates I posted to the list on
1/28) is working well for me on both i386 and amd64.  The digikam
(version 0.10.x branch for kde4) port I've been working on seems to
work as expected as well.  I'll see if I can get that posted for
review here in the near future.


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