installing a window manager

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Wed Nov 3 16:18:04 UTC 2010

Dick Hoogendijk <dick at> writes:

> Up 'till now I had a server without X. I've a need however to be able
> to graphically work on that server so I thought: I install
> x11-servers/xorg.server and after that I build windowmaker (nice and
> light). However, this does not seem to be enough to get X working.
> Can somebody tell me what to build (with portmaster) to get a minimal
> X server station with windowmaker.
> I run 8.1/amd64 with up2date ports.

Building windowmaker should be enough.

However, do you really need to run the X server on your server machine?
Usually, what I do is just run the applications on the server, and
display them on another machine.  ssh makes this easy and secure.

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