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Old 08-26-2003, 04:16 AM   #1
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very newbie question


I like to install fvwm on my RH 9, I have manage to gunzip the tar.gz file into the /etc/ folder, but when I run ./configure file as suggested in the readme file, the process was abort and it indicated that my X11 was not present. However when I check it, it was under the /etc/ now I am lost, I don't know what I should do, can anybody help me?
btw I am running the shell in KDE.

thanks for any help beforehand.

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Old 08-26-2003, 05:00 AM   #2
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Wild stab but try looking on your cd (or the mirrors) for X 'devel' rpms and install those. It's looking for libraries to compile against, I suspect. I'm surprised RH doesn't come with fvwm or at least that there aren't rpms for it floating around. Unless you specifically want to compile it. Then go for it.

And X11 is under more than just /etc - that's just X configuration stuff.
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could you please post the error?
You may have to use some flag to explain the path to X11, something like --x11-path=/the/path/to/X11/libraries.
try ./configure --help
Old 08-26-2003, 05:07 AM   #4
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You should uncompress the tar.gz file to /usr/local.
That's not the problem but /etc is where the system puts it's configuration files, it should not be used for anything else.
To solve your problem you probably need to install XFree86-devel package.
You can get it at

You should get the package that matches your X11 version.
Old 08-26-2003, 05:23 AM   #5
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click the main (start button) then system setting then add remove programs.

then scroll to the bottom (development tools) and ake sure X is selected, (its not by default) it will then ask for ur install cd's after its finished try again.
Old 08-26-2003, 04:04 PM   #6
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thanks for all the helps guys.....

I got another stupid question......
how to I tie in with the system now? I have already compile the file. but I have trouble finding where to tie in to the system. I have checked /etc/X11/../.xinitrc file, and I can't seem to find any kdm folder within X11, so how would one go about setting up the fvwm to a RH9 now?

Thanks again for any help beforehand.....


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