XFree86 from scratch/ports?
kstewart at owt.com
Wed Dec 3 11:37:19 PST 2003
On Wednesday 03 December 2003 11:05 am, Minnesota Slinky wrote:
> Hello again,
> Where is the appropriate procedure for getting XFree86
> installed from ports, with startx and everything
> working? I didn't install X with my base install, and
> this is the first time I've tried straight from ports.
> Please point me in the right direction...
If you have a 5.1 CD, you can
The meta-ports take care of adding everything for you.
You have to xf86cfg and, in my case, add "exec startkde" to .xinitrc. I didn't
consider the xdm enviroment a window and decided to use KDE. I want my login
startup to be a cli and I do a startx to fire up kde. There are other
I don't remember where I read about the .xinitrc. There is a KDE FAQ that
includes how to start KDE but it is mostly in Linux terms. That becomes a
bootstrap problem. You have to have KDE running to find out about the FAQ.
The www.kde.org probably has something but you have to know about the URL and
that is another bootstrap problem.
If you want to use gnome, I can't comment. I liked KDE and haven't tried
You could build everything from /usr/ports but I think of that as a follow up
project after you get your environment working. I can't imagine doing a
initial system install using installkernel and installworld and think of a
port "make install" to be equally slow logic.
I usually have a system listening to an Internet radio station and if more
than 2 songs play during the install, I think I did something wrong.
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