Questions tagged [x11]

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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Why is XQuartz missing the "Preferences" popup window?

Help. I installed this version of XQuartz 2.8.1 from here: https://www.xquartz.org/ When I run it, it starts up and shows up in my task bar BUT I am unable to find the "Preferences" menu. ...
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X11 Forwarding does not work

I installed the latest version of XQuartz and: changed # X11Forwarding no to X11Forwarding yes in /private/etc/ssh/sshd_config enabled Allow connections from network clients in XQuartz When I try to ...
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Invalid screen detect by xrandr

I using MacBook Air M1. When I run xrandr, output is: xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default Screen 0: minimum 800 x 525, current 5760 x 1956, maximum 5760 x 1980 default connected ...
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XQuartz quits within a few seconds

macOS Big Sur 11.4, MacBook Air (M1, 2020) XQuartz (2.8.1) starts but it quits within a few seconds. There are no warnings or reports but it quits sientlty. I re-installed XQuartz, reboot, and deleted ...
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Build Chromium or Firefox with X11/Xorg and without Cocoa

I like to use X11 on my Mac. I know that you can run X11 Apps through Docker, but that just isn't as efficient. Is there any way to compile Firefox or Chromium with X11 support on a Mac?
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XQuartz keeps crashin with one xmate-session, but not for others nor for xmate on other debian

I am ssh-ing into a Debian virtual machine that has xfce4 and mate installed. In the past, they both worked fine. Now, when I use Mate using Mac's terminal + XQuartz, it keeps crashing while looking ...
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How to make XQuartz listen to port 6000?

I have installed XQuartz 2.8.1 onto macOS Catalina 10.15.4. Now I can use ssh -X myremotehost and do xcalc & there. But the -X option appears to work too slow. I am using a LAN and would like to ...
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Can't get X11 to work in macOS Big Sur

I am new to macOS. I had set up everything for accessing my AWS EC2 Ubuntu instance before the update to latest macOS Big Sur. Now when I try to ssh to AWS EC2 instance: ssh -X -i /location/key/pair....
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Display problem when using Xquartz for ssh to a remote server

I see this black and white display for Matlab when is ssh -X remoteuser@ip to my remote server. Server runs with ubuntu 18. If I ssh using other OS, like windows or ubuntu, it runs fine. Only issue is ...
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X11 XQuartz 1.20.11 (xorg-server 1.20.11) on Big Sur fonts not recognized

I have xset +fp the_directory with TTF fonts, I have mkfontdir and mkfontscale the same directory, I have fc-cache -fv and verified the directory is listed and cached and font count correct, but ...
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iterm2 vs xterm

I am a long time xterm user. As a Sys Admin I connect to many, many Linux systems. My practice has been to use XQuartz to connect to a central system from which I can access all the other systems. ...
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The application "XQuartz" can't be opened

I'm quite puzzled by the following issue. I tried to open XQuartz after some time I hadn't used it and I got a dialog box saying "The application "XQuartz" can't be opened." I went ...
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Xquartz Catalina hangs

I've had Xquartz working multiple times on different machines over the years but I just did a new install and have some strange behavior with no windows popping up. My issue is, when I run an app like ...
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How to make switching between windows in XQuartz work again

After an upgrade to Big Sur I am no longer able to use ⌘ Cmd + ` to switch between windows in XQuartz. Previously, like on this MacOS Mojave with the same version of XQuartz (2.8.0_beta1) installed, ...
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Cannot link X11 xQuartz 2.7.1, no architecture amd64?

I Cannot link X11 xQuartz 2.7.1, no architecture amd64??????? I have a simple program that uses X11. it runs fine in an old xcode on an Intel Mac. But now I have a mac Mini M1 and xCode cannot find a ...
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How to remap Mac keyboard with Xmodmap

I was trying to remap my Mac's keyboard with Xmodmap, but it was only somewhat successful. The remapping works when I look for the keycodes with the event tester, but when I actually type the keyboard ...
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Alt- key for bash under xterm

Equivalent to alt-. in terminal explains how to uses the Alt key in Terminal. Is there a similar solution for bash in xterm (without having to use Esc)?
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what does an app do to satisfy the dock bounce?

What does an application have to do that satisfies the dock system so it stops bouncing the app's icon? I am writing an X11 app that runs via XQuartz. I can create an app bundle with an icon for the ...
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How to make Dia (which uses X11 / XQuartz) work?

When installing Dia, either through brew install dia or downloading the DMG from the Dia site, I could run it once. On the second run, I got this: (dia-bin:5065): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: /...
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How can I fix a macOS screenshot of an X11 window that’s bleached / white / too light?

I'm facing a little problem while taking a screenshot of an X11 window (using XQuartz - if there's something better out there, lemme know). I tried everything: Entire Screen Window-Only Selection ...
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XQuartz right away quits itself

macOS Catalina Version 10.15.5 I have downloaded XQuartz from following page (https://www.xquartz.org/). The application installed and shown on the Utilities folder. When I open it, it is shown a ...
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How can I use ssh -X on macOS Catalina? [Warning: untrusted X11 forwarding setup failed: xauth key data not generated]

How do I get ssh -X working on macOS Catalina (10.15)? ssh -X linux_host works from another linux machine. On a fresh install of macOS Catalina, I have installed MacPorts and xorg_server. However, ssh ...
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OSX Window server vulnerabilities on catalina

This question will be a long one, as I have given lot of time in doing research and also I have attached all my research in the question itself. The window server/ display server used on linux is X11, ...
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looking for something more modern than X11 "streaming" with local Vagrant Linux VMs

I have a similar question like Alternatives for XQuartz?, because XQuartz is discontinued since 2016 and X11 feels in general obsolete. I use vagrant to spin up Linux VMs and connect with ssh to the ...
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Running Multiple X11 Servers Simultaneously

I used to run multiple X11 servers on different DISPLAYs with different Window Managers, but now I get a return code of 1 when starting a second X11 server (or startx hangs waiting for the X11 server ...
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State of xorg support in MacOS Catalina (10.15)

I'm currently setting up a new Mac with Catalina (10.15) and Homebrew. What is the current state of xorg support in this combination? Is XQuartz still maintained, and is it compatible with 10.15? The ...
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Xquartz won't start, log: Xquartz: start_x11_server: (ipc/mig) server died

I tried to launch Xquartz. It keeps crashing and restarting. Here's the sys log Mar 1 15:24:39 johns-MacBook-Pro org.macosforge.xquartz.startx[4868]: xauth: file /Users/john/.serverauth.4869 does ...
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What should I do with the X11 Security folder after upgrade to Catalina?

I updated my mac to 10.15 Catalina recently. After update, I notice a Security Folder land on my Desktop. I moved it to trash but I can't seem to delete it. I've been stuck with this file in my ...
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Problems installing Scala (a GTK/X11) application on macOS 10.14.6 or macOS 10.11.3

macOS 10.14.6 or 10.11.3 XQuartz 2.7.11 (X11) gtk2 2.24.31 I am trying to install Scala (not the programming language, but a music scale utility) and I have been following the instructions at http://...
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xhost on MacOS Catalina

I am trying to work with Docker and a gui application and I need to use the xhost command. I believe it used to exist but I don't see it. I also believe it is related to Quartz but running Quartz ...
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Removing linked file after updating to macOS Catalina

I updated to Catalina recently. When the update was done, I had a directory of recovered files on my hard drive. The only file recovered was a soft link to X11 (see below). I tried rm X11 and unlink ...
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astrolog make from source results in 'X11/Xlib.h' file not found

OS: High Sierra 10.13.6 Software: astrolog ast65src$ make c++ -O -Wno-write-strings -Wno-narrowing -Wno-comment -c -o astrolog.o astrolog.cpp In file included from astrolog.cpp:50: ./astrolog.h:304:...
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Preventing ssh command from opening xquartz on every login

Whenever I use ssh, after I type the password, xQuartz pop ups in the dock. It is a similar question to preventing ssh command from opening xquartz on every session, but in my case, I want X ...
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ssh -X from MAC OS to Ubuntu, error with RANDR

I have a question regarding the following situation: I'm doing ssh -X from a Macbook with Catalina OS to an Ubuntu 16.04. I installed XQuartz-2.7.11 in the macbook in order to be able to handle the ...
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Horizontal scrolling on nedit with trackpad under XQuartz - MacOS Catalina

I use sometimes the nedit editor with XQuartz on my MacBook pro. Everything works fine except the fact that I can't do horizontal scrolling with trackpad of the content of the file opened with nedit. ...
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X11.app disappeared when upgrading 10.15 to 10.15.1?

Yesterday I upgraded from 10.15 to 10.15.1. Today when I tried to launch an X-window application I realised that X11.app had disappeared. Does anyone recognize this? Why did it happen?
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Is the MacPort version of XQuartz severly outdated or what?

At https://www.xquartz.org/ the current version of XQuartz is listed as 2.7.11 but in MacPort it looks like this $ port search xquartz xorg-server @1.20.5 (x11, devel) The X.org / Xquartz X ...
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Alternatives for XQuartz?

XQuartz was always the goto for running X applications on a MacOS desktop. It's been a couple of years since the last version of Quartz and there is no activity on the github, so we may assume that ...
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Cannot connect to x11vnc server from other client

Hello guys I have installed x11vnc server on MAC OS el capital but trying to connect remotely and stream the images of desktop only a black image is rendered to vnc client do you have any idea? I am ...
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XQuartz crash and infinite loop on Mojave

XQuartz is crashing constantly and going in an infinite loop on macOS Mojave. On doing a xinit in the terminal I get: xinit: giving up xinit: unable to connect to Xserver : connection refused xinit: ...
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XQuartz cannot start on macOS Mojave 10.14.5

Recently the XQuartz cracked after I open it from the Utilities folder. And I try to install it through different methods like the pkg and "brew cask install xquartz". However, it cannot work by each ...
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running XQuartz: display background is black after screen is unlocked or awakened

I use XQuartz 99.9% of the time I'm on my Mac. When I lock my screen (using Lock Screen in the apple menu) -- or the screen saver kicks in -- and the screen remains locked/darkened for more than a few ...
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Are there any modern X11/Xorg Browsers that compile for OSX?

Currently I'm using macports. I'm wondering if there are any graphical X11 browsers like Chromium, or Firefox, or the like that compile under X11 (and not native OSX). I want a browser that I can ...
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Can I search for applications compiled against X11/Xorg for MacPorts?

Similar to this question on building against native xQuartz vs MacPort's Xorg, is it possible to search for just applications built against Xorg? For example, I want to know what Web Browsers are ...
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Can I tell MacPorts to build against its own X11 or Xorg?

In this comment there is a distinction drawn between "native macOS libraries" and X11, Haven‘t used MacPorts for years, but most probably Kitty is compiled with the native macOS libraries, not with ...
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What do you call the OSX Window Server, Window Manager, and Desktop Environment?

In Linux we have three layers that represent the Window Server, Window Manager, and Desktop Environment. All of those three layers have more than one competing technology. I'm confused when talking ...
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How can I disable XQuartz entirely and use Xorg with my own Desktop Environment?

I want to use i3, which is available in Mac Ports. I've installed it and xorg (with ports install xorg). Now I want to boot into that. I've tried created an ~/.xinitrc and an ~/.xinitrc.d/99_i3 script ...
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How can I change x11 window size programatically?

How can I change the size of an x11 window with a script, be it AppleScript or otherwise. I have a process running using wine which is using XQuartz as the windowing system and I want to force the x11 ...
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How can I enable graphics on local macOS from remote Linux using SSH?

host: Ubuntu 64-bit local: macOS 10.13 64-bit I'm attempting to run a program on a remote Linux machine through ssh, and I want the GUI to appear on my local macOS laptop. When I execute ssh -v -X ...
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Hostname in X11 window title

How can I make the hostname show in the title of an X11 window? In Linux environments, ssh -Y foohost; ...; bar-gui will open an xwindow for the program with the title "bar-gui (on foohost)". That ...