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10.5: A possible fix if X11 won't launch UNIX
I recently upgraded to Leopard after getting my hands on a MacBook (goodbye G3 iBook!), and was unable to use X11 from my clean install. After trying to reinstall X11 from my install disc as suggested in this hint, I still couldn't use it. After looking at both the /System » Library » LaunchAgents » org.x.X11.plist, and the console errors...
6/21/08 11:16:35 PM com.apple.launchd[122] (org.x.X11[474]) Exited with exit code: 1
6/21/08 11:16:35 PM org.x.X11[477] X11.app = /usr/X11/X11.app/Contents/MacOS/X11
6/21/08 11:16:35 PM org.x.X11[477] Unrecognized option: -launchd
...it became pretty obvious that the -launchd flag was the problem. So I backed up /System » Library » LaunchAgents » org.x.X11.plist, and then edited it with root privileges. In the ProgramArguments key, I removed this line:
<string>-launchd</string>
After saving the file and restarting the computer, X11 worked as expected.

[robg adds: I'm not sure why this fix was required -- my plist file contains the -launchd item, and X11 runs just fine. If anyone can shed some light on the problem, please leave a comment...]
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10.5: A possible fix if X11 won't launch
Authored by: deviantintegral on Jun 24, '08 08:04:27AM

The X11 shipped with 10.5.0 was unusably buggy. Luckily, the X11 maintainer at Apple is pushing out unofficial bugfix releases. If you're having problems, head over to the XQuartz site and grab an updated copy.



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10.5: A possible fix if X11 won't launch
Authored by: deviantintegral on Jun 24, '08 08:05:40AM
Apparently it stripped out the href attribute in my comment. Site is at http://xquartz.macosforge.org/trac/wiki.

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10.5: A possible fix if X11 won't launch
Authored by: bhas on Jun 24, '08 08:10:51AM
I don't understand this at all and to be quite honest I don't think this is a good idea.

I only have an org.x.startx.plist and not the plist mentioned in the hint.
It's quite possible that the plist mentioned in the hint is a leftover from ....

I have Leopard 10.5.3 with all the latest updates.
There were all sorts of issues with the Leopard X11 from the beginning.
Many of the problems have been addressed by the opensource community and discussed in the Apple X11 mailing list.
I use the X11 system from the Xquartz site:

http://xquartz.macosforge.org/trac/

The best one can do is to first install Leopard and any updates.
After installing these, one should (re)install the latest X11.pkg from the site mentioned above.


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10.5: A possible fix if X11 won't launch
Authored by: delight1 on Jun 24, '08 12:57:49PM

thanks, I'll look into the update you guys linked.
when I did this my precurser searches didn't turn up anything to help me -- and I didn't have Internet so I just jury-rigged it.



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10.5: A possible fix if X11 won't launch
Authored by: timhaigh on Jun 25, '08 06:59:10AM
I had the same issue with leopards x11 and like others I just installed the lastest x11 for leopard from http://xquartz.macosforge.org/trac/wiki/Releases and it fixed the issue.

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10.5: A possible fix if X11 won't launch
Authored by: dsf on Jul 08, '08 12:57:52AM
What's /usr/X11/X11.app? That seems strange, I wouldn't expect a .app to be in /usr/X11. The default location for X11 should be /Applications/Utilities. FWIW my unmodified plist file says /usr/X11/libexec/x11-exec instead, and has no trouble with the -launchd option.

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10.5: A possible fix if X11 won't launch
Authored by: delight1 on Jul 14, '08 02:11:28PM

well, it seems this is unnecessary now that apple has updated their x11



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