from newbies: bzflag under FreeBSD release 5.2.1 - can't open display - missing

Charles Swiger cswiger at
Thu Apr 29 14:10:36 PDT 2004

On Apr 29, 2004, at 4:40 PM, clayton rollins wrote:
> On April 28, 2004,
>             Dominic Caffey <dcaffey_fl at> wrote:
>>   I installed the game "bzflag" from the
>> packages collection under games.  The install
>> went fine but when I try to run "bzflag" it
>> complains that it can't open display 0:0 and
>> complains that it's missing GLX extension.  When
>> I installed "bzflag" shouldn't the dependencies
>> have been automagically resolved?

That's the idea, certainly, although not everything works perfectly all  
of the time.  bzflag's port Makefile registers a dependency upon GL  

USE_GL=         yes

...which ought to pull in graphics/mesagl as a dependency.  It sounds  
like you were able to compile and run the program, but received the  
error messages quoted above when running the program.

Clayton already gave you some suggestions on configuring X11 with  
regard to GLX support, but what you need to do really depends on  
details not provided, such as the video card you have.  Consider: 


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