import --help requires an X server

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import --help requires an X server

Post by broucaries »

from ttp://

A user this:

$ import --help
import: unable to open X server `'.

he was going to report this as an error, because no X11 messages need
be sent in order to print help information. But when cross-checking, he found that

$ import --help
Version: ImageMagick 6.3.7 03/14/09 Q16
Copyright: Copyright (C) 1999-2008 ImageMagick Studio LLC
[...] correctly, and that in the presence of X, the former command
prints something like "invalid arguments". In the case (as above)
where there is both no X server and I have provided invalid arguments,
import should complain about invalid arguments instead of / as well as
complaining about the missing X server.


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Re: import --help requires an X server

Post by magick »

We have a patch for the problem you reported. Look for it in the ImageMagick Subversion trunk by tomorrow and in the next point release.
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