How do you require Xorg?

Terry Sposato terry at
Wed Mar 19 07:53:47 UTC 2008

Paul Schmehl wrote:
> --On Wednesday, March 19, 2008 9:25 AM +1100 Terry Sposato 
> <terry at> wrote:
>> Paul Schmehl wrote:
>>> I'm working on porting the open-vm-tools, and the software builds, makes
>>> and installs fine, but it obviously won't work without Xorg being
>>> installed.  How do you ensure that the port doesn't get installed unless
>>> Xorg is installed? Will USE_XORG= yes do the trick?
>> Paul,
>> I don't think it is a good idea to use this Knob as the open-vm-tools may
>> be useful for machines which don't have Xorg installed as well. For
>> example if vmotion etc. works with this set of tools then it will
>> definitely be handy for FreeBSD VM's which do not use Xorg.
> OK.  Here's where I'm at.  I've got a basic port started.  I created an 
> option for no X.  The default is no, so the port would build with X as 
> the default build.  There's some problems with the kernel modules, and I 
> would need help from a programmer to figure those problems out.  Really, 
> someone needs to work with the open-vm-tools developers to update their 
> kernel modules to work both with previous versions of FreeBSD (which 
> they claim they already work with) and with version 7.0.  (So, some 
> ifdefs would be needed.)
> Is there enough demand for the userland tools that I should go ahead and 
> submit the port without the kernel modules working?  I could create an 
> option for them and mark it as not working right now.  (Obviously they 
> would need to be an option working or not.)
> Should I make no X the default install?
> Paul Schmehl (pauls at
> Adjunct Information Security Officer
> The University of Texas at Dallas


Awesome work with all of this, if you can put a tarball of the existing 
port you have done so I can test with it that would be great. I can do 
some testing against ESX Server to see what effects it has on Vmotion 
and HA and the like and report back.


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