gv and ghostscript

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at macports.org
Mon Apr 26 17:44:53 PDT 2010

On Apr 26, 2010, at 19:25, John B Brown wrote:

> 	After installing the entire Xorg and XFree86 packages through macports I installed ghostscript and gv. Neither of them do anything except sit there at the command prompt doing nothing. A control-C will stop the wait and return the prompt. Trying to 'see' what is happening by using a second shell in the terminal and 'ps' shows me that they are sleeping.
> 	What am I doing wrong? Why do neither of these command line applications work on Apple when they work so well on Linux?

gs and gv work fine for me on 10.6.3.

You only need one set of X libraries, either Xorg or XFree86. Installing both may be the source of the problem. On Mac OS X these days, Xorg is expected to be used. XFree86 isn't really being maintained in MacPorts. (You may notice XFree86 4.8.0 was released in December 2008 but MacPorts still has version 4.7.0. Possibly we should even remove XFree86 from MacPorts.) Try uninstalling XFree86.

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