Subject: Re: "X windows" configuration
To: arnuld <>
From: Chavdar Ivanov <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 11/13/2006 10:02:56
On 11/13/06, arnuld <> wrote:
> hai all,
> this is my very 1st post after i tried my hands on a NetBSD 3.1
> installation (i386 CD-ROM)  last night :-). of course i read NetBSD
> guide but that did not help at many places. i will be brief in
> exlaining my problem:
> NetBSD is installed  i can boot into int. "Xorgconfig" works fine.

You mean xf86cfg or xf86config; xorgconfig is part of the Xorg
package, which you normally would have from pkgsrc.

> drivers for my video card are present & "startx" gives me "twm"
> screen. then i wanted to install a Window Manager & there i got into
> the trouble:
> 1.) i wanted to install "windowmaker" & NetBSD-guide Section (in short
> NGS) 8.8 says:
> $ cp /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xinit/xinitrc $HOME/.xinitrc
> $ vi $HOME/.xinitrc
> there is not "xinit" directory in "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11".
> then in NGS 8.9 it says:
> # cd /usr/pkgsrc/x11/windowmaker
> # make depends-list
> there si no directory named "pkgsrc" in "/usr" directory. so i can not
> download "windowmaker".

Get pkgsrc.tar.gz from /pub/NetBSD/packages directory from your
closest NetBSD mirror, but then see below...

> BTW, how i am supposed to download  "windowmaker" when my "ethernet
> card" is not configured?

That is the more pressing problem, I guess; can't do much without a
network card. What is the hardware you are trying to put NetBSD-3.1
on? In this case the best would be to post /var/run/dmesg.boot file
(but then you will have to have a means to transfer it to a
net-connected box... maybe use floppy or USB stick.

> my box is still running on Black Screen but i like NetBSD & i want to
> use it as a software developer's OS :-)

As far as pkgsrc.tar.gz is concerned, the fastest way to install
WindowMaker would be to expand the above file whilst in /usr ; then

# cd /usr/pkgsrc/x11/windowmaker
# make install package clean

(this will download, compile, install, package and clean all the
dependencies of WindowMaker - that would include Xft2, jpeg, libungif,
png and tiff, so get ready for a bit of compilation).

then just run /usr/pkg/bin/wmaker-inst and startx.

> -- arnuld