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Chapter 23. Running the X Windows System > Installing the X Windows System

23.1. Installing the X Windows System

The XFree86 site contains instructions for downloading and installing the X11R6 binaries on a Mac OS X system. The site also provides instructions for compiling the X11R6 suite from source. The easiest way to get X11 for Mac OS X is through either XDarwin or GNU/Darwin, both of which contain easy-to-install binary distributions of X11. Alternatively, the Fink Project includes packages for the X11 server, software, and binaries. Fink also includes the system xfree86 package, which is a placeholder package that lets you use the X11 distribution of your choice with Fink (the placeholder package satisfies the same dependencies as the Fink X11 package).

23.1.1. Manually Installing the X Window System

If you want to install the XFree86 distribution manually, download the XFree86 distribution (see the instructions on the XFree86 web site) and run the Xinstall.sh script to install the XFree86 suite.


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