X11 installed but won't run

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by maura, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. maura macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2008

    I just got a new iMAC and am frustrated with X11. It is installed (off of the CD originally...I have also installed it from an online dmg) and I can see the app under Applications/Utilities but when I click on it nothing happens! Similarly "open -a X11" doesn't work either. Any ideas? I can keep reinstalling until the cows come home but nothing changes.

    There is not a lock file in my /tmp directory.

  2. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    My impression is X11 is pre-installed with leopard by default?
  3. BlackMax macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    I ran into the same sort of issue. From what I've read Apple changed the implementation of X11 in Leopard and it is still a little quirky. This Leopard and X11 FAQ was very helpful.

    What I did to correct my X11 issue was to install the latest X11 package release from the Xquartz Project.

    Hope this helps.
  4. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Yep the new version which was released a couple of days ago is pretty stable and a hundred times better than the version that shipped with Leopard. Install version and you will be good to go.

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