The X window system (or X11, based on its current major version being 11) is a computer software system and network protocol that provides a basis for GUIs, commonly on Unix based systems.

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ssh -X without/with using xquarts

I would like to know if apple bash in supporting ssh -X right out of the bat? using the command is launching XQuarts and interestingly both are NOT working with e.g. displaying pdf files returning : ...
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X11 forwarding on Yosemite

X11 forwarding has stopped working since I upgraded to Yosemite. I tried reinstalling XQuartz, but that did not solve the problem. Has anyone faced the same problem? EDIT: I was finally able to fix ...
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Are there any ways to improve the font rendering in X11.app / XQuartz?

I use WingIDE for Python development and it runs under X Windows. The X11 font rendering is driving me crazy. Are there any tricks for getting better fonts in an X Server on MacOS / Lion? Sample image ...
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How to install both Cocoa and X11 of Emacs (preferably with Homebrew)?

I want to try out and compare both the Cocoa- and X11-based versions of Emacs. In general, I try to install all such packages through Homebrew, but in this case it looks like I Homebrew requires me ...
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OSX X11 Xterm screen refresh in vi and AWS

I am running OSX 10.6.8 and X11/Quartz 2.3.6 When I ssh using OSX Terminal to a remote server and run vi everything works fine. When I ssh using X11/xterm to a remove server and run vi and delete ...
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How to run an automator app which launches an X11 app via shell script multiple times

So I have an Applescript to launch xemacs, but I thought it would be nice to have something I could drop files onto (and have an app to choose from contextual menus in the "open with" submenu), so I ...
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XQuartz startup very slow

I use Xquartz.app (latest stable version, 2.77) fairly regularly. In Yosemite (fresh install) I've noticed that it takes a long time to start up (I've got a SSD so it shouldn't take so long to ...
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Change gtk theme for X11 apps

I am using Zim note app http://zim-wiki.org in Ubuntu and I want to use the same in my OS X. So I've installed Zim and can launch it through X11 from menu. But all GTK apps look ugly: bad fonts w/o ...
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xemacs: Bad CPU type in executable

OK. So I worked around this error: /sw/bin/xemacs: Bad CPU type in executable. but I don't understand why what I did worked and am curious. All I did was replace /sw with what should have been an ...
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Help getting Nautilus running under MacPorts

I have been trying to run Nautilus on OS X 10.6.8 without any luck. First, I installed MacPorts, then installed Nautilus. However when I try to run it from the command line, I am getting an error. I ...
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After Mavericks 10.9.2 Update, problems running Keepass/Mono

I have a rMBP 13" late 2013 model and just updated Mavericks today to 10.9.2 (Software OS X 10.9.2 (13C64)) I have been using the OSX package of keepass from here (Openix) without any issues before ...
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Why does x11 force a maximum window height?

When I open an x11 window via ssh on my Mac, I cannot drag the window wherever I want on the screen - there is some invisible border / vertical bar that I can't seem to cross. How can I resize and ...
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how to install inkscape in Mac OS X 10.9.1

I need help installing inkscape on My MAC OS X 10.9.1 I have followed http://www.inkscape.org/en/download/mac-os/ to install inkscape but not able to run inkscape and facin problem for x11 ...
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Is there a way to move a window without the mouse?

Since installing Mavericks whenever I open a new window in XQuartz (say gvim) it positions the newly created window at the top left of my monitor. Because every monitor now has a menu bar, the menu ...
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How can I get XQuartz working in Mavericks (10.9.4)? My $DISPLAY variable seems to be wrong

I have recently upgraded to Mavericks (OSX 10.9.4), and I have installed XQuartz 2.7.7 as well. However, my XQuartz installation appears to be broken. When I type xeyes, I receive the error Error: ...
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XQuartz is not starting from within tmux

I'm using the standard apple terminal with zsh as my default shell. In my ~/.zprofile (equivalent of .profile) I have the following line: [[ $TERM != "screen" ]] && exec tmux This ...
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Why doesn't (can't?) terminal support the x11 protocol?

It would be great to be able to x tunnel over ssh; why does one have to use XQuartz (etc) instead?
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Wireshark keyboard layout is incorrect

I just installed Wireshark Version 1.12.0 (v1.12.0-0-g4fab41a from master-1.12) on OSX 10.9.4 with XQuartz 2.7.7. Wireshark is doing something zany with my keyboard layout, but other X11 ...
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Retina display support for XQuartz X11 applications

I use a MacBook Pro with retina display, OS X 10.8. I'm trying to run applications on a remote cluster via X11 ssh forwarding. I see everything with bad resolution, and guess this has to do with my ...
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Allow the Terminal.app to pass command key based keystrokes to terminal programs

I want to allow programs running in the terminal the ability to interpret the keyboard short cut Cmd + S I have already Remapped the Terminals' default binding of Cmd + S to Ctrl + S via the ...
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X11 periodically losing focus

I have a very annoying issue with the X11 app on OS X when using it to run things remotely over SSH. Every now and then (it's pretty regular, I'd say about each 1-2 minutes), the app I'm in loses ...
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Running meld: AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'append_search_path'

After upgrading to Mountain Lion 10.8.5 I can no longer run meld via X11. I get the following. I've tried searching around for solutions but found nothing that works. $ meld ...
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XQuartz windows show in only one display on mavericks

I occasionally run X window applications on a local server with the display showing on my mac. As per Apple's instructions, I've migrated from X11 to XQuartz, but now when I run applications on it it ...
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What is Macports?

So, I've read the documentation on Macports. As described: MacPorts is an easy to use system for compiling, installing, and managing open source software. MacPorts may be conceptually divided into ...
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Should I install X11 on my Mac Book Pro?

I have recently purchased a Mac Book Pro (Mavericks 10.9.3) and I'd like to run Inkscape. After researching the subject I see that I need to install X11, however I don't want to do this if X11 is ...
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Xvfb hangs while loading video extensions

I'm trying to get xvfb from XQuartz 2.7.5 running properly on 10.9. I'm starting the server with: Xvfb :30 -ac -screen 0 900x900x24 and it's hanging on Initializing built-in extension ...
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com.apple.WebKit.WebContent spawns itself periodically stealing focus

Ever since I switched to Mavericks I experience a problem with keyboard focus when using X11 based apps (that's at least how it manifests) I have narrowed it down to Safari's ...
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Why doesn't X11/XQuartz start on Lion?

After upgrading to Lion, X11 doesn't start. I downloaded XQuartz 2.7.0, it doesn't start either. The crash dialog mentions the following problem: X11: Dyld Error Message: Library not ...
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X11 font cache on OS X

Often when I open an X11 application (Wireshark, GIMP) it has to build some sort of font cache, which often takes 30 seconds or more during application launch. I don't change my fonts often and ...
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XQuartz: user / environment when executing xinit? (XMonad, xmodmap, etc.)

I'm running XMonad with XQuartz on an 11,3 Macbook Prop Retina. My .xinitrc looks as follow: [[ -f ~/.Xdefaults ]] && xrdb -load ~/.Xdefaults export LANG="en_CA.UTF-8" xmodmap ...
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Can't plot with gnuplot on my Mac

I am trying to plot with gnuplot on my Mac (OS X 10.8.5). I have installed X11 and XQuartz 2.7.4 and after that I installed gnuplot, but unfortunately gnuplot couldn't plot. Simple plots like the ...
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XQuartz X11 2.7.5 not found

to get X11 i went to XQuartz here https://xquartz.macosforge.org/trac/wiki/X112.7.5 however the download linke XQuartz-2.7.5.dmg seems to be broken -- couldn't find it anywhere else either. what am i ...
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Inkscape on OSX copies rasterized images from SVG

I'm trying to copy an object out of an SVG file using inkscape, however when I paste it back in to a new inkscape file it's no longer the svg version, but a rasterized version. I'm not sure if it's ...
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Latex xdvi Error

I am new to Unix and am trying to use LaTeX. I am having a problem with xdvi. Every time I try to use it I get the error message: Error: Can't open display: I have a mac and I have Xcode installed. ...
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“X11 could not be opened” then “X11 canceled restart”

I occasionally run into the following first-world nightmare, usually when trying to run open source software (in this case Inkscape on a Mac Pro running Lion, though I've seen this error before as ...
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Unable to install R-2.11.1.pkg and up to R-3.0.2 in Mac OSX 10.8.5

I have an iMac 2013 with a Fusion Drive and OSX 10.8.5. No plans to migrate to Mavericks yet. I have had issues also with x11 that I've solved with a "direct" install: installer -pkg ...
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X11 for CrossOver on Mountain Lion

In my newly-installed Mountain Lion system: when I try to run CrossOver, which requires X11, I get the following error message: Apple's Web Page indicates that this is not the expected behavior: ...
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How can I install tk on OS X?

I am getting warnings and empty popup boxes when compiling and loading R packages that depend on tk. They say that tk was not installed correctly. I am using homebrew, but I can't tell which package ...
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Xquartz on Mavericks 10.9 fails

There is an issue with running xquartz on my system. I installed it by using the link from the Apple website. However when I run xquartz from terminal I get: :~$ xquartz ...
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Can not start XQuartz

I can't start Inkscape and Gimp. I have the latest Xcode and the latest xQuartz installed. My logs shows: 6/2/12 1:30:15.957 PM org.macosforge.xquartz.startx: lockfile: Sorry, giving up on ...
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Where is X11's error log located in OSX Lion?

I'm trying to run the Xmonad window manager in X11 on OSX lion, I load Xmonad at x11 startup, and X11 just crashes, sometimes it does not. I'm just wondering how I can view some kind of error log to ...
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X forwarding application shows blank window after one successful load

I'm running into a strange issue trying to forward an application from a remote Linux server over X (through ssh). The application (it is a java application---a commercial program, not my own) seems ...
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Poor X Windows performance

I use Macs a lot to host applications running on Linux boxes via X Windows, but tend to find that, after some period of time, I can no longer open new X Windows clients on the Mac - I get messages ...
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no key repeat in Xquartz (x11)

I don't think I've used x11 since switching to Mountain Lion (and thus Xquartz). I recently tried to use it and my key repeat isn't working. When I press a key, it inserts the corresponding ...
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Mountain Lion ssh -X problems

How to run on Mountain Lion X11 forwrading? like ssh -X some@example.com xterm my /etc/sshd_config has X11Forwarding yes #X11DisplayOffset 10 X11UseLocalhost yes # XAuthLocation added by XQuartz ...
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Full screen mode for non-Cocoa applications?

Is there any way to hack a full screen mode in non-Cocoa applications? For instance, Wineskin or ported applications that run in X11 will probably never get support to run in its own space.
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Launch XQuartz app via Automator

I'm trying to launch meld (installed via Homebrew) via an app shortcut, ideally ending up in my Applications folder. A recommended way to launch console apps in Mountain Lion seems to be using ...
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Start XQuartz automatically on X11 app launch

Before switcthing to Mac OSX 10.8 everytime I launch application which uses x11 it was starting x11 automatically. After switching to XQuartz and 10.8 it does not work anymore and I have to launch ...
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SSH on Mac to fresh install of Firefox on 64-bit CentOS 6.4 runs but generates errors: RANDR and GLib-GIO-WARNING

I just installed (64 bit) Firefox 18 browser on my Linux CentOS 6.4 server (64 bit). I SSH into the server from my Mac OSX Snow Leopard from X11 application using # ssh -Y mydomain.com. Now that the ...
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Gtk2 randomly crashes

I have a small program in C that I wanted to add a GUI to, so after looking around I decided to use GTK+. I installed gtk2 using MacPorts (version installed was gtk2 @2.24.18_1+x11). I am compiling ...