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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Is X11 still used today?

I have had X11 installed on my Mac for quite some time (as long as I have owned it I think) and have never used it. Do applications still use X11 or is out outdated at this point? Should I "learn" how ...
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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 do I prevent X11 opening an xterm when it starts?

When I start the X11.app then it launches an xterm automatically. I've long since switched from the "ordinary" xterm to rxvt-unicode so the initial xterm just hangs around like a wallflower never ...
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Xquartz crash infinite loop in Mountain Lion?

I'm trying to get Xquartz to work in Mountain Lion, but when I click it, it starts up, then crash, then starts up again etc. It loops like this until I reboot or logout. My console says this for ...
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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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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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How do I run Gimp on Mountain Lion?

I recently upgraded to Mountain Lion and tried to open GIMP. To my dismay my computer asked me where X11 was. How do I find X11 and run GIMP?
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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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Is X11 installed by default on Mac OS X?

I'm asking this because I'm considering distributing a commercial Windows application to mac users. The application would run in WINE, but WINE depends on X11. I've read that X11 is installed by ...
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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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Can homebrew and macports work together to let Firefox-X11 be installed?

I want to install firefox-x11 but theres no repo in homebrew, only macports seems to have one, hence I'm at a loss how to get firefox-X11 on a system that relies on homebrew for OSS. The way I'd ...
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Install X11 version of Firefox on OSX 10.8.2

I'm trying to install a x11-enabled version of Firefox on my OSX 10.8.2, so it can integrate nicely with xmonad. My problem: Firefox in macports is extremely old (7.x) and building 17.x from source ...
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Methods to install X11 on Lion

My girlfriend recently ordered a MacBook Pro with Lion installed. For an online class she needs GIMP which depends on X11. What are my options to get it? Is there any Apple-sanctioned way to do the ...
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How can I change default X11 application?

I compiled my own X11 Server for Mac OS X and want it to replace the original outdated X11.app supplied by Lion. How do I do that?
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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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View desktop of *very remote* Ubuntu box from my MacBook Pro

So, I’ve searched for literally hours on this subject. Seen various solutions. But practically all of them are for people who want to see their Ubuntu desktop on their Mac, with both machines on the ...
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X11 Forwarding with my Entire Screen

I am able to ssh to my Linux computer which is on the same network as my Mac. From the Linux machine, I can ssh to my Macbook. I am currently at work and I want to forward my Mac's display to the ...
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Enlightenment on Lion - make default WM

I ran the Enlightenment e16.dmg file from here, http://trac.enlightenment.org/e/wiki/MACOSX , it works pretty good, but it runs on top of the mac osx default Window Manager (Quartz Compositor? i think ...
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How can I install the X11 version of Firefox on Snow Leopard? (Preferably without MacPorts or Fink?)

I’m doing some screen-scraping using Selenium, a framework which lets you programmatically control web browsers on your system. I’m running it as part of a web app on a Linux server, and on my MacBook ...
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Is there software that allows multiple users to simultaneously and independently share a personal computer running Mac Os?

Like BeTwin. For example, I have Macbook Pro with one Mini DisplayPort (for additional monitor) and two USB port (for additional mouse and keyboard). How can i implement it on Mac OS Snow Leopard?
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No Machine Remote Desktop Issue

I use the program No Machine to open up remote desktops to my development servers. I choose No Machine because the client software reportedly runs on Windows/Linux/Mac, but I am having trouble with ...
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Why is Wine X11 not creating a window on my Mac?

I have the wine software on my mac and I have a little problem here: I try running my windows executable and I get this error in the console: Application tried to create a window, but no driver ...
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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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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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How to run Wireshark in the background without the GUI?

I am trying to run Wireshark on Mac OS X in the background. I installed the command line utilities, and so I am able to start Wireshark and capture packets using the command line. The only thing I ...
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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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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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Run remote applications on Os X like X11 does

Is there any application that can be installed in Os X (Lion) that will allow a person to run applications from the host system on a guest system, displaying only the windows for the application? In ...
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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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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 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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Change installation directory of XQuartz on Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion doesn't include X11 any more, and XQuartz is the substitute. Having installed it, I see that XQuartz 2.7.2 installs in the non-standard (though commonly used) directory /opt. It also ...
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How can I get the Alt key to work in an X11 application?

I'm using an editor that requires X11 and for the most part it works well. I have many commands that use the Alt key and I like to navigate the menus this way as well, but the Alt key doesn't work ...
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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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How to 'startx' from Single User Mode?

I usually run dwm inside Xquartz on OS X Mountain Lion 10.8. But is there a way to boot into Safe Mode (or a console), then startx or xinit, skipping Aqua? I'd like to boot directly into X11.
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X11/XQuartz problem on 10.8.2

On my Snow Leopard iMac, X11 is broken. I get: dyld: Symbol not found: __cg_DGifGetLine Referenced from: /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/ ...
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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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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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How can I printscreen in X11 Environment?

I use Wireshark and it runs under X11 environment I want take some screenshot from wireshark windows but cmd + shift + 3 or cmd + shift + 4 or ... didn't work there is there any way that I could ...
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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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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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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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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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“S” key does not work in X11 (XQuartz)

The S key seems to be mapped to an incorrect value in XQuartz for me. I am running OS X 10.7.5 and XQuartz 2.7.4 (xorg-server 1.13.0). The problem also occurs in X11.app (XQuartz 2.6.5, xorg-server ...
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How do I run BeyondCompare in X11 as root?

I used WineBottler to install Beyond Compare on my Mac. It runs within an X11 environment. (It works great, by the way.) But it cannot access many folders to which my user account does not have ...
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How do I cycle through windows without bringing each to the fore?

I'm from a Linux background trying to get used to the differences with Mac OS X. I've gotten resigned to the fact that to switch from one window to another I first need to switch Apps via CMD+Tab and ...
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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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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 ...