X11 won't start
Langer, Stephen A. (Fed)
stephen.langer at nist.gov
Tue Apr 4 14:27:00 UTC 2017
I just updated my computer to Sierra, and now X11 won't start. I presumed that I had messed up the macports migration, so I just uninstalled everything and installed only xorg-server and xterm, but I'm still getting the same error. There's an "X11 quit unexpectedly" dialog, which keeps reappearing when dismissed. I have to log out to get it to go away.
System.log is filled with lines like "X: no path for address 0x1234567"
In case it's relevant, what I might have screwed up in the first migration was that I tried to install only the requested ports, which has worked for me in the past. But this time I put them all on one line, and used -N so that port wouldn't ask me for permission to install the dependencies, and I could leave it to work on its own. That ran into problems caused by https://trac.macports.org/ticket/49379. It seemed to have installed xorg-libXt with +flat_namespace and then reinstalled it without it, or vice versa (both were installed but I forget which was active). In any case, I uninstalled everything, installed xorg-libXt first, using +flat_namespace, and then installed all the other requested ports without -N so that I'd see if anything went wrong. I didn't see any errors, but X11 wouldn't start. This morning I tried installing only xorg-server and xterm, and it still won't start.
Why is X11 failing to start? How can I keep it from attempting to start repeatedly, even after I've killed xterm or whatever other X11 app I'm using? What might have I done wrong in the installation and how can I fix it?
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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