- X Consortium's contrib ftp site
X clients (as the applications are normally referred to) are
available for ftp from many sites; the most popular of these being
the X Consortium's (now part of the Open Group) contrib archive at
Note that there is a limit on anonymous-ftp users on ftp.x.org,
so try a mirror (below).
The contrib directory, organized into sub-directories by category;
e.g. editors/, audio/, games/, fonts/, etc., archives
clients that have been tested with X11R6.
With the release of R6, the H U G E collection of
clients in R5contrib is considered
"old" (although they will still work with R4 & R5
servers). The file 0ftpxorg.dir,
maintained by Daniel S. Lewart, is a concerted attempt at organizing
the plethora of packages available. It contains descriptions of the
more popular (and sometimes obscure) packages.
New releases and updates to contributed packages will be placed in
/contrib/; /R5contrib/ will eventually be
If you cannot connect to ftp.x.org, you may wish to try a mirror:
- Mirrors of the X Consortium's archive:
- Alternate Sites:
- X11R6 distribution
The X11R6 distribution, available for ftp, also contains clients
written by the X Consortium, in:
and clients contributed by others, in:
The complete R6 distribution, including contibuted clients, is also
available on CD-ROM. Information on purchasing the CD-ROM is available
in the file:
- comp.sources.x archives
No clients have been posted to comp.sources.x in recent memory
but those that were, a long time ago, are archived and available
at various sites.
- In North America:
- In Europe:
- In Australia:
- HP/UX Archive Centre, is a joint initiative by the Department of
Computer Science at the University of Liverpool and
Hewlett-Packard. The centre and its official archive sites
undertake the porting of public domain software to run under
HP-UX systems and act as a repository for this software
worldwide. All archived software has been successfully compiled
and tested for the HP 700 series. Much of it will also run under
the 300/400/800 series. (Use this archive to search for
applications by keyword or name since it is very well
Please use the geographically closest one:
- MetaLab (formerly
SunSite), at the University of North Carolina, archives a ton of X
stuff, including mailing lists and some Usenet newsgroups, GNU
software, Linux, Internet talk radio, etc.
- Various catalogs list notable (popular) software organized into
Most archive sites usually have an index file that briefly lists
the contents of each volume in the archives. New packages or patches
and bug-fixes are announced in comp.windows.x.announce; it
would be worth your while to subscribe to this newsgroup.
(Op-Ed: If at all possible, try not to ftp large packages during
prime-time (08:00 - 18:00 ftp-site local-time) so as not to load-down
the computing resources at the sites that graciously make these
facilities available. Also, try to use a ftp-server that is
geographically near your own site.
Now, I don't expect everyone to stay-up past their bed-time just to
ftp a package in the middle of the night. I have some nifty
shell-scripts to perform unattended ftp'ing using cron(1). If anyone
wants a copy of these scripts, mail me a note and I will mail them off
to you) or you can download them directly from here (21K shar-file).
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Last modified: Thu Aug 19 15:36:53 EDT 1999