Re: Darwin Install Questions

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At 11:52 AM -0700 11/19/02, Joe Skaggs wrote:
Hello List.

I haven't played with Xfree86 in several years, since I was in college
running an early release of Xfree86 over OS/2 Warp. Times have changed
some. Then, I was using XF86 to connect to an AIX box to run heavy-duty FEA
software without having to hike across campus. Now, I want to look into the
various LaTex options so I can get away from the M$ behemoth.

Anyhow, I recently bought a new Apple iBook (the 800mhz PPC version w/ 600
Mb memory(!)), and I want to make sure I install Xfree86 correctly. So I
have a few questions:

1) Running the install script as root
In the world of most modern Un*x boxes, it's simple to do this. Darwin is
a bit different. I'd prefer not to enable root on the iBook (just because
it's the Apple way). Is it sufficient to sudo the install process so it
runs with root authority?
Yes. "sudo sh" is the preferred way to install the XFree86.Org tarballs on Darwin/Mac OS X.

2)	Any feedback from other Xfree86/Darwin users?  Any pitfalls or patches
that are a "must-have"?  I'm going to install 4.2.0 first, then the 4.2.1
There is no 4.2.1 tarball distribution at XFree86.Org for Mac OS X. There are two post-4.2.0 installers available at The XonX project is the daughter project to XFree86 which concentrates on Darwin/Mac OS X support. If you are running Jaguar (Mac OS X 10.2.x) you need to update to at least You first need to install 4.2.0 either through the XFree86.Org tarballs or the GUI installer at the XonX site. After that apply the GUI updaters in order.

3)	Are there any Darwin-specific mailing lists or user groups out there?
There are discussion forums and an XonX-Users mailing list at the XonX project page.

Anyhow, thanks from a new old newbie.
Good luck,

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