X11 There, but not there.

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Put in your OSX install disk 1 (came with your computer), and search in spotlight for 'X11', install the package and you're done.
 

DJ OJ

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Yes, but wouldn't you rather just open the application rather then waiting for it to install. Also, I am not admin so I have to get my dad to do it. And he will ask these questions ( He uses PCs ) :

Dad: Why do I need to install it?
Me: Because when I did Archive and Install something happened. :)

Dad: What is it?
Me: Don't you remember? It is for gimp to run.

Dad: Do you really need it now?
Me: YES!

Dad: Later.
Me: NOW!
 

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DJ OJ said:
Yes, but wouldn't you rather just open the application rather then waiting for it to install.
X11 isn't an application, it's a system component. X11.app is just a launcher. You need to install X11 before the launcher (or Gimp) will work :)
 

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OS X is based on Unix. Gimp is written for Unix. Unix was originally a text-based OS, so they created a GUI for it, called the X Window System. It's up to version 11, commonly called X11. Since Gimp hasn't been rewritten to use OS X's Aqua, you need to install X11 for it :)
 

Sayer

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Couple observations:

What part of the error message didn't you understand, exactly? It told you X11 was missing and how to get it back.

Secondly, how did you manage to do an Archive and Install without your dad's permission? Seeing as you now need his permission to re-install X11, how did you Archive and Install?

I am mostly interested as I have been known to write software and do tech support. I am continually amazed by the byzantine human/computer interactions that occur every day, here in the "future" world of 2006.
 

bloodycape

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kinda of unrelated but how could I install x11 with out my osx disk? I downloaded X11 off the Apple site and tried to install it but all i get is the error that newer software exist but I do not know what the newer software is.
 

theBB

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bloodycape said:
kinda of unrelated but how could I install x11 with out my osx disk? I downloaded X11 off the Apple site and tried to install it but all i get is the error that newer software exist but I do not know what the newer software is.
X11 at Apple's website is for 10.3, not 10.4. Unless somebody is hosting it illegally somewhere, the only way is to get from your install disks.
 

theBB

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bloodycape said:
darn it. any alternatives to it?
I've heard of something called Xdarwin, but I am not sure if it will be good enough. Google it and see if it looks like it is OK.
 
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