Following are instructions for building and running your own copy of XFree86. The procedure for getting your X server up and running on Darwin and Mac OS X are very similar. Where there are differences I have noted them below. Note that to build XFree86 for yourself on Mac OS X, you need to install the Developers' Tools.
If you don't feel the need to live on the cutting edge, you can save
some time and effort by using the precompiled binaries available on
the XFree86 FTP server at ftp://ftp.xfree86.org/pub/XFree86/4.5.0/binaries/.
Follow the instructions in the Install
document to install it. This will create three new directory trees,
Mac OS X the Xquartz.tgz tarball is required in addition to the
other tarballs required on other platforms. With Mac OS X Quartz
support, the XDarwin application will be installed in
If you get the precompiled binaries you can skip ahead to the section on running the X Window System On the other hand, if you want to build things yourself from scratch, follow the directions below.
The first thing you need to do is to get the source code from the XFree86 project.
sandbox/in the following discussions and you could put this directory, for example, in
Wait for all the files to complete downloading.
cd sandbox cvs checkout xc
Once you have everything ready it is easy to build and install XFree86. From the command line:
cd sandbox/xc make World >& world.log (wait for several hours) sudo make install >& install.log sudo make install.man >& man.log