synth: Error opening terminal: xterm

Baho Utot baho-utot at
Wed Jul 12 21:09:18 UTC 2017

On 7/12/2017 7:59 AM, Anton Shterenlikht wrote:
> I'm starting using synth, never used it before.
> I get this error:
> # synth build net/mpich
> Error opening terminal: xterm.
as a regular user open xterm
then do the fololwing
su -
synth just-build /net/mpich
or if you have doas and doas configured then
doas synth just-build net/mpich

> I'm supposed to run synth as root, right?
> Is synth trying to open another xterm as root?
> I've never allowed root access to a display:
> # xterm
> Warning: This program is an suid-root program or is being run by the root user.
> The full text of the error or warning message cannot be safely formatted
> in this environment. You may get a more descriptive message by running the
> program as a non-root user or by removing the suid bit on the executable.
> xterm: Xt error: Can't open display: %s
> xterm: DISPLAY is not set
> Am I wrong?

I run synth from a non-root account using sh and a script that uses doas

I am going to put all my scripts on github when I get the time.

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