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Workaround xrandr bug: "cannot find crtc for output" #16

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Disable all displays before attempting to call xrandr. This one-liner is probably very inefficient and exposes my inexperience with bash scripting. Feel free to modify the idea.

This is a workaround for an xrandr issue when two displays are connected and attempting to configure a different display, even when "off" is passed on the connected displays. See: and

For example,

$ xrandr --output DP-1 --auto --output DP-2 --auto`
$ xrandr --output DP-1 --off --output DP-2 --off --output LVDS-1 --auto
# This will fail with error "cannot find crtc for output ..."

The workaround for this second command is instead to do:

xrandr --output DP-1 --off --output DP-2 --off && xrandr --output LVDS-1 --auto
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@@ -164,6 +164,13 @@ config_equal() {
164 164 }
165 165
166 166 load_cfg_xrandr() {
  167 + # Disable all displays first. There is a bug in xrandr where trying to enable a different display
  168 + # when two displays are already attached gives the error "cannot find crtc for output" even
  169 + # when --off was passed to disable existing displays. If --off is called first as a separate
  170 + # command the crtcs are freed up for use.
  171 + #
  172 + #
  173 + $XRANDR | grep -P '(^[^ ]+) (dis)?connected' | sed -r 's/(^[^ ]+).*/--output \1 --off/' | xargs $XRANDR
167 174 sed 's!^!--!' "$1" | xargs $XRANDR
168 175 }
169 176

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