ANN: xterm-309

Jeremy Huddleston Sequoia jeremyhu at
Tue Jul 22 17:19:10 PDT 2014

On Jul 22, 2014, at 12:35, Thomas Dickey <dickey at> wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:12:18PM -0700, Jeremy Huddleston Sequoia wrote:
>> On Jul 13, 2014, at 15:11, Thomas Dickey <dickey at> wrote:
>>>    * modify  configure  script  to  work  around  debris left by XQuartz
>>>      upgrades.
>> What is this about?  This is the first I've heard of anything...
> I have two Mac mini (servers), and had upgraded the older one from
> Snow Leopard to Mavericks last winter (more or less uneventful).
> Noticing a comment about Yosemite, I upgraded the newer one from
> Mountain Lion to Mavericks.  On this upgrade, I found problems
> getting the configure script to find the ICE library.  The cause
> was that in the upgrade, reinstall of XQuartz, etc, the newer one
> has a different directory layout than the other (though one would
> assume they'd be identical).

They should be identical.  XQuartz installs to /opt/X11 and sets up the /usr/X11 symlink.  There was a bug in the 10.9.0 and 10.9.1 installer (fixed in the 10.9.2 and later versions) that accidentally reinstalled the stubs even if XQuartz was already installed on the system.

This was discussed on x11-users last year, and users were recommended to reinstall XQuartz after upgrading to those versions of Mavericks.  Most users upgraded anyways because we released a new version of XQuartz around that time anyways.

> The difference is that the problematic one has an actual /usr/X11
> directory (with xstub's rather than real libraries), while the other
> has a symbolic link to /opt/X11.

The XQuartz installer will remove the stubs and install the /usr/X11 symlink. The sole purpose of the stubs is to allow legacy applications that link against /usr/X11/lib to trigger the X11redirect app which just prompts users to install XQuartz.  Building against those stubs isn't really supported.

I looked at your aclocal.m4 changes for this.  You should just check pkg-config results.  If the user tries to build against the /usr/X11 stubs, they'll be informed that X11 isn't installed at that location.  With the symlink pointing to the installed XQuartz, they'd get the correct pkg-config data.


> (I haven't redone that yet - have other things to keep me busy, and it was
> a useful test-case...).
> -- 
> Thomas E. Dickey <dickey at>

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