remove 'x11' test from 'make test'

Boyana Norris norris at
Wed Oct 28 19:01:17 CDT 2009

Apart from the idiot reasons, X11 tests can easily fail on an Apple  
laptop because the X server becomes unusable every time the IP  
changes, which is fairly frequently. I don't really use X a lot and  
thus do not restart the server every time I move the laptop, so these  
tests fail almost all the time (but I've learned to ignore those  


Boyana Norris, Computer Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
norris at, +1.630.252.7908,

On Oct 28, 2009, at 6:49 PM, Barry Smith wrote:

> On Oct 28, 2009, at 6:41 PM, Satish Balay wrote:
>> Barry,
>> any objections to removing the 'x11' test from 'make test?'
>> It fails for significant numer of installs [for users without working
>> x11 etc..]. And the c/fortran/parallel tests should be the primary
>> tests anyway..
>  The make rule for make tests only runs this test  when ./configure  
> has found X11 and tested that it compiles and links properly.
>  Thus it is not failing because of a failed X11 install.
>   My understanding is that it ONLY fails because people don't have  
> the proper DISPLAY variable set. That is either
> 1) DISPLAY does not exist or has garbage or
> 2) DISPLAY points to a proper X server but because of permission  
> issues or firewalls the X client cannot connect to the X server.
>   Does it fail for any other reason?
>   I hate to pander to complete idiots who cannot set up their X  
> system properly; but I guess you can move that test to a new test  
> called
> testx11
>   Barry
>> thanks,
>> Satish

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