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In order to get GIMP working on OS X I'm told to install X11 from CD. Unfortunately I don't have such a CD. Is there an other way to get X11 working for OS X?

If I start GIMP I do get the following error message. This happens with the built in (?) X11.

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Download XQuartz, select your release here.

The XQuartz project is an open-source effort to develop a version of the X Window System that runs on Mac OS X. Together with supporting libraries and applications, it forms the that Apple has shipped with OS X since version 10.5.

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When I try to install this package I get an error message, that my system doesn't need this update. However GIMP does not start. If I try it several times, I get an error message, that X11 is missing. – BetaRide Feb 5 '12 at 15:30
try a different package as gimp recommends. What version of OSX are you on? – Raystafarian Feb 5 '12 at 15:32
I have Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K549) – BetaRide Feb 5 '12 at 16:46
download here – Raystafarian Feb 5 '12 at 16:48
I downloaded the package and installed it. Loged out and back in again. No change, I still get the error message. – BetaRide Feb 6 '12 at 7:23

Install XQuartz, do NOT logout, open Gimp and wait until it opens COMPLETELY, Then quit X11. Re-open Gimp.

Post any error messages reported.

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Xcode comes with X11. The download is quite large (~4GB), but you should have it on the disc that came with your mac.

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As stated in the question, I don't have this disc. – BetaRide Feb 6 '12 at 7:22
Create an account and download it then. – solo Feb 6 '12 at 18:59

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