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Using X

Whether you've installed X11 from Fink or xfree86.org or DarwinPorts, or are using Apple's version, starting it is simply a matter of running the startx command from the shell or clicking the appropriate icon for the application. When started from the X11 application, you get preference choices between rooted or rootless display and a few other useful features. If you choose to run your X11 server in rooted mode (completely separate from Aqua windowing system), you can switch between the X11 desktop and your normal Aqua environment by pressing Command-Option-A.

CAUTION

If it appears that you can't type into any of the windows (you move your cursor over the window and the in-window text cursor highlights, but nothing you type appears), congratulations! You've found a Mac OS X bug. Some versions of the Mac OS X kernel have a bug in which it randomly unloads a table that contains a list of which keys exist on the keyboard. X11 needs this table to map what you type into data to be provided to a program. If you experience this bug, our recommendation is to kill X11, sleep the machine, wake it up, and start X11 again. Apparently, the keymap table is reinjected into the kernel on wake up, and starting X11 immediately afterward seems to be the only consistent fix.



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