Non-standard X11 Paths

Alan Lord lord_alan at
Fri Jun 15 11:06:49 PDT 2007

Dan Nicholson wrote:
> On 6/12/07, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at> wrote:
>> Dan Nicholson wrote:
>>> Currently there are a couple issues with packages finding X11
>>> components when they are installed to non-standard locations. I'm not
>>> sure about the exact definition of non-standard, but it seems that
>>> widely accepted prefixes are /usr/X11R5, /usr/X11R6 and /usr/X11. /usr
>>> obviously works, too, since it's the standard toolchain search path.
>>> Here are the two problem areas I know about.
>>> Thoughts?
>> My head hurts.  Lets regroup and summarize the issues.
>> As I see it, there are issues on where to install X, qt, KDE, and Gnome.
> I'm only going to talk about X right now since that's a pretty broad subject.
>> 1.  Where does the developer recommend?
> I don't think they suggest anything anymore for Xorg. If you take the
> package defaults, it would just be the autoconf default, /usr/local.
>> 2.  What locations do common distros use?
> The only one I really know is fedora uses /usr. And what DJ has quoted
> in the book: Sun uses /usr/X11. I think suse uses /usr/X11R6. Don't
> know about the debian/ubuntu crowd.

I'm using Feisty Ubuntu 7.04 for my work stuff now and X is in /usr
although there is a symlink from /usr/X11R6/bin to /usr/bin and
strangely, there is a directory tree under /usr/X11R6/lib for some font 
stuff - but the end files are also just symlinks to usr/share/fonts...



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