Is there an easy way to build X client libraries?

Daniel Stone daniel at
Fri Jul 27 06:12:58 PDT 2007

On Fri, Jul 27, 2007 at 08:49:23AM -0400, Fulko Hew wrote:
> I'm new to the list, because I'm trying to build the X server libraries
> so that I can run X applications on an embedded system and have
> its output visible on remote servers.
> So far, I haven't been able to find an easy way of knowing 'what to
> build', and especially in 'what order'.
> My approach, so far has been:
> 1/ I chose what I thought might be the simplest X application out there
>    that had the fewest depedancies 'xeyes'.
> 2/ Running ./configure on xeyes, tells me what I'm missing on my system
>    ie.  x11, xt, xext, xmu
> 3/ Then (for example) I go and find the tarball for x11, and run through
>    its ./configure, only to find its dependencies.
> 4/ Eventually, I find a tarball that I can configure; make; make install.
> 5/ Follow the dependency chain, until all is resolved, and I can build
>     all the dependencies for all the libraries that xeyes needs.
> Althought that approach worked, it did take 8 hours to wade through
> that dependency scenario and process about 14 tarballs.
> There has to be a better way, doesn't there???

(Yes, our wiki is abysmal.  I knew what it was looking for, and it took
 me a fair while to get there even so.)

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