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While working through getting my Mac OS X to work with X11, I stumbled on some interesting errors and misdirection solutions. Like most things, the solution was straightforward. Then, it struck me that I hadn’t installed it on my Fedora image. This blog post show you the errors I got the way to get it to work, and how to install X11 on Fedora.

The first step requires discovering the package. If you remember xclock or xeyes are X-Windows programs, it’s quite easy with this command (though it may take a moment or two to run):

repoquery -q -f */xclock

It will return something like this:


You can then install X11 as a sudoer user with the yum utility like this:

sudo yum -y install xorg-x11-apps

It should return this to your console:

Loaded plugins: langpacks, refresh-packagekit
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package xorg-x11-apps.x86_64 0:7.7-7.fc20 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: xorg-x11-xbitmaps for package: xorg-x11-apps-7.7-7.fc20.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package xorg-x11-xbitmaps.noarch 0:1.1.1-6.fc20 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved
 Package                  Arch          Version             Repository     Size
 xorg-x11-apps            x86_64        7.7-7.fc20          fedora        305 k
Installing for dependencies:
 xorg-x11-xbitmaps        noarch        1.1.1-6.fc20        fedora         37 k
Transaction Summary
Install  1 Package (+1 Dependent package)
Total download size: 341 k
Installed size: 949 k
Downloading packages:
(1/2): xorg-x11-apps-7.7-7.fc20.x86_64.rpm                  | 305 kB  00:01     
(2/2): xorg-x11-xbitmaps-1.1.1-6.fc20.noarch.rpm            |  37 kB  00:00     
Total                                              252 kB/s | 341 kB  00:01     
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction (shutdown inhibited)
  Installing : xorg-x11-xbitmaps-1.1.1-6.fc20.noarch                        1/2 
  Installing : xorg-x11-apps-7.7-7.fc20.x86_64                              2/2 
  Verifying  : xorg-x11-apps-7.7-7.fc20.x86_64                              1/2 
  Verifying  : xorg-x11-xbitmaps-1.1.1-6.fc20.noarch                        2/2 
  xorg-x11-apps.x86_64 0:7.7-7.fc20                                             
Dependency Installed:
  xorg-x11-xbitmaps.noarch 0:1.1.1-6.fc20                                       

After you install the xorg-x11-apps libraries, you can launch xclock. You should use the following syntax:

xclock &

It should display something like the following on your console:


The warning message is typically because you’re running something like en_US.UTF-8 mode. You can find suitable X11 character sets by using the following command:

sudo yum search xorg-x11-fonts

You can install all of them with the following command:

sudo yum -y install xorg-x11-fonts*

However, at the end of the day the warning doesn’t go way. You should just ignore it.

Hope this helps those who want to install X11 on Fedora.

Written by maclochlainn

June 9th, 2015 at 3:53 pm