Installation Details for XFree86[tm] 4.0.2 : Downloading the XFree86 4.0.2 binaries
Previous: Introduction
Next: Installing XFree86 4.0.2 using the script

2. Downloading the XFree86 4.0.2 binaries

We provide XFree86 4.0.2 binaries for a range of operating systems at our ftp site. Often during releases our ftp site is heavily loaded. Instead of downloading directly from us we recommend that instead you use one of our mirror sites. Another advantage of using our mirror sites is that some of them support http access (ours does not).

Our binaries are organized by sub-directories which correspond to each of the OS/platforms for which we provide binaries. First go to the sub-directory that represents your OS platform. In some cases (e.g., Linux) there may be a number of choices depending on the architecture or libc version your platform uses. In all case we recommend that you first download the script, and run it as in the following example to find out which binary distribution you should download.

sh -check

The output of this utility tells you which is the correct set of binaries for you to download. If you are careful with this step you will save yourself a lot time and trouble from NOT downloading an incompatible distribution.

NOTE: the script must be downloaded in binary mode, otherwise it won't run correctly. If you get lots of "command not found" messages when you try to run it, then it is most likely because the script wasn't downloaded in binary mode. Some web browsers won't do this for files of that name, so we also have a copy of it called "Xinstall.bin", and most browsers should download that correctly. When downloading it under this name, select "save as" on your browser, and save the file under the name "".

Once you're run the script and found which binary distribution is suitable for your system, download the necessary files. The twelve (12) mandatory files for all installations are listed below. If you have not downloaded all of the files, the installer script will complain.

1.      The installer script
2.   extract          The utility for extracting tarballs
3.   Xbin.tgz         X clients/utilities and run-time libraries
4.   Xlib.tgz         Some data files required at run-time
5.   Xman.tgz         Manual pages
6.   Xdoc.tgz         XFree86 documentation
7.   Xfnts.tgz        Base set of fonts
8.   Xfenc.tgz        Base set of font encoding data
9.   Xetc.tgz         Run-time configuration files
10.  Xvar.tgz         Run-time data
11.  Xxserv.tgz       XFree86 X server
12.  Xmod.tgz         XFree86 X server modules


The following thirteen (13) tarballs are optional. You should download the ones you want to install.

1.   Xfsrv.tgz        Font server
2.   Xnest.tgz        Nested X server
3.   Xprog.tgz        X header files, config files and compile-time libs
4.   Xprt.tgz         X Print server
5.   Xvfb.tgz         Virtual framebuffer X server
6.   Xf100.tgz        100dpi fonts
7.   Xfcyr.tgz        Cyrillic fonts
8.   Xflat2.tgz       Latin-2 fonts
9.   Xfnon.tgz        Some large bitmap fonts
10.  Xfscl.tgz        Scalable fonts (Speedo and Type1)
11.  Xhtml.tgz        HTML version of the documentation
12.  Xps.tgz          PostScript version of the documentation
13.  Xjdoc.tgz        Documentation in Japanese


If you miss some and want to install them later, go to the Manual Installation section.

Installation Details for XFree86[tm] 4.0.2 : Downloading the XFree86 4.0.2 binaries
Previous: Introduction
Next: Installing XFree86 4.0.2 using the script