I've read the responses and comments here, so don't think I'm ignoring anyone because I haven't responded directly.
I rebuilt xorg-server without HAL. I killed hal stone dead and started up the new (i.e. old-skool) xorg. It all works fine. My mouse and keyboard work as specified in the xorg.conf file, rather than in the new-fangled xml way of doing things or adding setxkbmap to my xinitrc file. I am also 18MB of RAM better off. Specifically for Adam, who asks a rhetorical question about HAL, memory usage and top. The answer for me is 18MB too much. My advice to anyone who has problems with X and HAL - rebuild xorg-server without HAL (it doesn't take long), then start from that base. I have to say this HAL way of doing things is using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Sure X can be a bit horrible to configure, but HAL itself is ugly, resource hungry and doesn't work 100%. It seems to be an example of supposedly making things easier, except when it doesn't work. Life is a calm blue ocean once again. MF. _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"