Cmake failed to build & GIMP Inkscape Gnumeric do not start

René J.V. Bertin rjvbertin at
Tue Apr 14 08:04:10 PDT 2015

On Tuesday April 14 2015 16:37:06 Enrico Pirani wrote:

>> You mean the X server ( or isn't started automatically when you start an X application?
>X server is running ok (oddly Dia is opening correctly). Just the other
>apps: zathura, gimp, inkscape, and KDE..)

First off: KDE doesn't use X11 on OS X, at least not when you install it through MacPorts.

If X apps fail to connect to a running X server something else is awry; they probably try to connect to the wrong $DISPLAY. That said, I've been seeing an issue on an OS X 10.6 VM where even from a terminal I couldn't connect to DISPLAY=:0.0 but DISPLAY=localhost:0.0 worked perfectly fine. That must be something else though, because if you're trying to start X applications through LaunchServices (Finder, Dock, ...) your DISPLAY variable supposedly contains the path to a socket rather than a more traditional [host]:display.screen string.


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