Urania

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X11 without an xterm on Leopard

Posted on December 15, 2007 by Juan

The latest XQuartz release (2.1.1) finally fixes one of the major annoyances I was having with X11 under Leopard. Because the X11.app program under Leopard is really an xterm launcher, starting X11 always started an xterm window. This has now been fixed. All you need to do is install the new XQuartz package (WARNING: Because this changes the launch daemon settings, you will need to restart the computer afterwards) and then once you have rebooted, type the following command into the terminal:

defaults write org.x.X11 app_to_run /usr/bin/true

And you have xterm-free X11 again. Furthermore, this updates xterm as well, so even though I don’t want xterm to launch automatically with X11, I am happy to have it updated.

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