do I *really* need xorg 7.x?

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Mon Oct 22 13:26:28 PDT 2007

--On October 21, 2007 10:29:36 PM -0700 Steve Franks 
<stevefranks at> wrote:

> Seems every time I try to install a pkg or make a port lately, I get
> this:
> ===>    Verifying install for /usr/local/libdata/xorg/libraries in
> /usr/ports/x1 1/xorg-libraries
> /usr/X11R6 exists, but it is not a symlink. Installation cannot proceed.
> This looks like an incompletely removed old version of X.  In the
> current versio n, /usr/X11R6 must be a symlink if it exists at
> all.Please read /usr/ports/UPDAT ING (entry of 20070519) for the
> procedure to upgrade related ports.*** Err or code 1
> My system is just fine as is, thanks, am I stuck not installling any
> of these ports unless I upgrade X?
No, you don't need to install X.  Yes, you *do* need to install some of 
the X libraries because they are used by ports you are trying to install.

If you've never installed X on this box, just run 
(/usr/ports/Tools/scripts - IIRC) to create the symlink.  Then install the 
pkg or port you want, which will install the libraries needed.

I have two headless servers running websites and other services, and both 
have X stuff installed.  That's the nature of shared libraries.

Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas

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