flnews on Apple macOS (formerly OSX)


This page is intended for users of Apple macOS. The following information is specific to this operating system and not relevant for others.

FLTK compiled with X11 backend

If the FLTK library was compiled with X11 backend, a X11 server must be installed (recent versions of macOS don't have installed one by default).

Using this option nothing is special and flnews behave like on any other Unix system. It is e.g. possible to redirect the DISPLAY to another machine via network.

FLTK compiled with Cocoa backend

If the FLTK library was compiled with Cocoa backend, the native Apple window system is used.

This is the recommended option (if the user doesn't need X11 DISPLAY redirection) because glyph substitution (automatic mixing of multiple fonts) is supported when FLTK runs on top of Cocoa.

There is an option to put the menu bar on the desktop. To enable it, open the file src/gui.cxx in the flnews source tree and define the following constant as specified:


Application bundle

Dennis Preiser has provided a flnews application bundle to start flnews with an icon.

Placing this bundle in the dock looks like this:
flnews in dock

The icon in the application bundle is also use for Application switching.

Read Apple's notes about Gatekeeper if there are problems with permissions.

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