Error opening terminal: xterm
as at cmplx.uk
Wed Jul 12 16:40:58 UTC 2017
> Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:31:28 +0200
> From: Polytropon <freebsd at edvax.de>
> To: Anton Shterenlikht <as at cmplx.uk>
> Subject: Re: Error opening terminal: xterm
> Cc: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> On Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:49:17 GMT, Anton Shterenlikht wrote:
> > I'm trying to use ports-mgmt/synth.
> > I get:
> > # synth build net/mpich
> > Error opening terminal: xterm.
> Is the "xterm" program installed on your machine?
> Yes, I know, stupid question, but might be relevant. ;-)
yes, it is, use it every day:
# pkg info -xo xterm
However, I never launch xterm as root,
because I don't allow root access to X:
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
Again John told me this error has nothing to do with X anyway.
> > Anybody has a suggestion?
> Can you manually start xterm? From within an xterm (or
> whatever terminal emulator you are using)?
> Maybe the port in question expects /usr/bin/xterm to be
> the executable ("hardcoded Linuxism")?
unlikely. ports-mgmt/synth was recently strongly
recommended by some experienced users in ports@
as a replacement of portmaster. So I guess this
must be a well behaved port.
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