[blfs-dev] Xorg Applications

Ken Moffat zarniwhoop at ntlworld.com
Wed Jul 11 04:00:10 PDT 2012

On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 12:33:30PM +0200, Armin K. wrote:
> >
> > Are you sure all of these are required? Looking at the list, I install
> > bdftopcf, iceauth, mkfontdir, mkfontscale, xcursorgen, xev, xkbcomp and
> > xprop (8 apps). I have no need for luit, sessreg, setxkbmap, smproxy,
> > x11perf, xauth, xbacklight, xcmsdb, xdpyinfo, xdriinfo, xgamma, xhost,
> > xkbevd, xkbutils, xkill, xlsatoms, xlsclients, xmodmap, xpr, xrandr,
> > xrdb, xrefresh, xset, xsetroot, xvinfo, xwd, xwininfo or xwud. That's
> > 28 apps that are not needed.
> >
> > Andy
> >
> Those are apps as released by upstream and as they always were there 
> minus xinput. I planned something else for xinput and some other apps. I 
> am sure xauth, luit, setxkbmap, xhost, xset are needed in most 
> environments. They are not really big problem to install, do not take 
> much space and do not take long to build.

 I drop a different set, e.g. I drop bdftopcf (I don't use the
traditional fonts) and luit (I don't use xterm itself : the book
does, so I think luit is required in the book, depending on what
languages / locales you need - I might be way off base).
Conversely, I use xgamma so that photo prints bear *some*
relationship to how the paper looks - saves me a lot of ink, and on
my latest machines I also use it to reduce the worst colour-tints
from my integrated graphics (must find more time to try my

 But I agree that some apps can be dropped by some people :) Another
difference - I rely on xmodmap to be able to easily type certain
obscure glyphs.  It's all about choice.

 At one time, gentoo had a reasonable explanation of what each app
did in it's wiki.  For many of our users, building xorg is an early
part of the build.  It would be a shame to slim it down so much that
first-time users had to go back and add apps to get a set which covered
their needs.  Those of us who know what we are going to need can
easily drop some of them.

das eine Mal als Tragödie, das andere Mal als Farce

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