Force Macports to use XQuartz as X11 dependency

Jeff Singleton gvibe06 at
Mon Aug 30 12:27:30 PDT 2010

So there is no way to avoid building the truckload of X dependencies
needed for a single application...followed by cleaning up all of those
dependencies because I only needed them to build one thing.

To me .. that just doesn't sound like consistent support for older
machines ... it sounds lazy.

Why should people with faster machines have to continually suffer lost
time in building dependencies that are only needed temporarily or
could be provided by the XQuartz package?  I can understand building
dependencies that are not included in the XQuartz package, but
building all of them just because its more compatible with older
hardware that I will never use...

Just doesn't make sense to me ... If I had a dual quad-core 32gig Mac
Pro, I probably wouldn't care.

On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 3:04 PM, Jeremy Huddleston
<jeremyhu at> wrote:
> On Aug 30, 2010, at 10:43, Jeff Singleton wrote:
>> Ok .. So what if I opted to not install the system X11 and then
>> installed XQuartz from MacOSForge via DMG.  Could I just make some Env
>> Variables to point Libs/Includes/Path for X11 to /opt/X11?
> As mentioned, in the link below, MacPorts will use its own copies of libraries where available.  This is not just limited to X11 and includes other libraries like libcurl, ncurses, bzip2, zlip, ...
> You are free to use whatever X11 server you want (meaning /Applications/Utilities/ or /Applications/MacPorts/
>> On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 10:23 AM, Brandon S Allbery KF8NH
>> <allbery at> wrote:
>>> Hash: SHA1
>>> On 8/30/10 08:30 , Jeff Singleton wrote:
>>>> I hope this can be just a quick one ...
>>>> Can Macports be forced to used the XQuartz release installed by DMG,
>>>> instead of painfully going through the build process of every single X
>>>> dependency?
>>> It's a quick one, but not the way you hope.
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