Building Xorg 7.1 from tarballs

Brian Paul brian.paul at
Thu Nov 30 07:13:45 PST 2006

Andrew Haninger wrote:
> On 11/29/06, R.L. Horn <lists at> wrote:
>> I'd be inclined to wipe any binary distribution entirely and
>> install clean...
>> From my experience building 7.0 without, XFree86, or Mesa
> installed previously, I don't think this would work (unless something
> has been fixed in 7.1.
> When I've tried to build 7.0 on a fresh machine, it dies
> complaining that it needs Mesa installed. When I've tried to build
> Mesa, it dies complaining that it needs X installed. One "solution" I
> found was to start the 7.0 build, let it die, install it anyway,
> build Mesa successfully, install it, and then rebuild 7.0. This
> seems completely rediculous to me.
> Am I wrong that some X headers and/or libraries are required to build
> Mesa and thus to build Is this a problem that has been fixed in
> 7.1?

You don't need to build Mesa before building X; you just need the 
sources.  The Mesa files will get picked up during the X build.

But, it should be possible to build X without Mesa at all.  How 
exactly was the X build failing w/out Mesa?


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