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X-Window Problems, HELP!
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Nov 14, 2001, 01:52 PM
Hi folks.

For the life of me, I cannot figure out what's wrong with my Xfree86/XDarwin installation. I had it working properly, by installing the files listed in the article on MacOSX.org, then installing the latest version of XDarwin. It was really sweet!

Then, I decided to install the Gnu-Darwin base installation (part of which included XFree86_4.1). The installation seemed to fail on just about every package. After this, I haven't been able to get X to work. I've tried to delete the /usr/X11R6 and /etc/X11 directories and reinstall the way I did the first time, but that didn't work, I tried using pkg_delete and pkg_add to reinstall the XFree86 package. All to no avail. Arrrgggghhhhhhh.

When I try running XDarwin from the CLI, I get the following message...
Operating System: Darwin
Display mode: IOKit

Fatal server error:
Failed to connect as window server!
Quit the Mac OS X window server or use the -quartz option.

Quitting XDarwin...
And when I try <./XDarwin -quartz>, I get...
Fatal server error:
QuartzOsVendorInit called without Quartz support.

Quitting XDarwin...

FatalError re-entered, aborting
QuartzGiveUp called without Quartz support.

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Nov 14, 2001, 03:41 PM
Have you tried downloading and reinstalling XDarwin? Those error message lead me to suspect that maybe your recent XFree install overwrote the XDarwin version. Repairing that is just a matter of reinstalling XDarwin.

Get it here: http://mrcla.com/XonX/
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Nov 14, 2001, 04:57 PM
Yeah, I tried that, and it didn't work.

However, thanks to the thread "Time-pressed College Student...", I deleted the X11 and X11R6 directories and XDarwin, and installed the .dmg package that was mentioned there, along with the OroborOSX window manager, and it all works again! Yeah!!!!

Thanks for you help though.
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Nov 15, 2001, 06:03 PM
hello! "startx -quartz" doesn't work! you must enter "startx -- -quartz", then i think, it should work fine!
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Nov 19, 2001, 05:45 AM
However, if the problem persists, even after trying startx -- -quartz, try deleting the .xinitrc file in your home directory.

Alternatively, edit the xinitrc file in /private/X11/etc/xinitrc/ to look something like this at the bottom:


# startup some sweet files or whatever it says

twm &
exec terminal -name login geoblabla


It just sounds like a corrupt .xinitrc.
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