Native Compiling

Compiling the Source Code

Standard Build

Follow these steps to create a standard, non-debug, build:

Change the current directory to your X Window System development directory:


Username@CygwinHost ~
$ cd ~/xserver

Username@CygwinHost ~/xserver
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr --with-log-dir=/var/log
[lots of output]

Username@CygwinHost ~/xserver
$ make
[lots more output]

Standard build is now complete.

Note: You may wish to consult the .cygport file for the current ./configure flags used in distributed packages

Note: The unpacked source occupies approximately 80MB of disk space. Building the source requires approximately an additional 160MB. On my ageing 2.2MHz Athlon64 3500+, a full build takes about 20 minutes.

Note: If you wish to keep build products separate from the source, you may run configure from a separate build directory.

Debug Build

Follow these steps to create a build with debugging information:

Change the current directory to your X Window System development directory:


Username@CygwinHost ~
$ cd ~/xserver

Username@CygwinHost ~/xserver
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr --with-log-dir=/var/log --enable-debug CFLAGS="-g -O0"
[lots of output]

Username@CygwinHost ~/xserver
$ make
[lots more output]

Debug build is now complete.

Running a local build

Follow these steps to run the built X server:

  1. Change the current directory to your X Window System build directory:

    
Username@CygwinHost ~
    $ cd xserver
    Username@CygwinHost ~/xserver
    $
    
  2. Invoke the hw/xwin/Xwin executable:

    
Username@CygwinHost ~/xserver
    $ hw/xwin/XWin
    

    The X server you have built will now attempt to run.

Installing a local build

Installing a local build installs the built X server(s) and associated man pages.

  1. Change the current directory to your desired X Window System build directory:

    
Username@CygwinHost ~
    $ cd ~/xserver/build/build-prefix
    
    Username@CygwinHost ~/xserver/build/build-prefix
    $ 
    
  2. Make the install target, which installs everything:

    
Username@CygwinHost ~/xserver/build/build-prefix
    $ make install