I have figured out why x11/gnome-applets doesn't build invest for me, and perhaps why I got no answers. I am building on a machine with DISPLAY set when I invoke make, and I have cookies for the DISPLAY variable in ~/.Xauthority. gnome-applets tests for the python gnomeapplets module, which has the following behavior: no DISPLAY => works fine DISPLAY and no xauth => FAILS DISPLAY and xauth => works fine That's arguably an upstream bug of the python gnomeapplets code, which shouldn't be making connections just for being tested. I put 'xauth -v list' in configure to find out what happens and see: Using authority file /home/n0/ANONCVS/NetBSD-current/pkgsrc/x11/gnome-applets/work/.home/.Xauthority xauth: creating new authority file /home/n0/ANONCVS/NetBSD-current/pkgsrc/x11/gnome-applets/work/.home/.Xauthority So it seems that given that we repoint HOME, we should also unset DISPLAY in the build wrappers.
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