Anyway - X11R2, R3 and R4 on ROMP, eh? How long did that R3 build take?
Reminds me of setting up X11 builds to run over the weekend back in '89-91...
R3 took something like 6 hours, then another 4 to run 'make install', because it keeps rebuilding everything (thanks for learning how to use make, guys). Despite RT BSD supposedly being a native target for R2, it didn't even build. This was apparently well known even in the day; you had to use the IBM distribution of R2 on the RT if you want it to, you know, actually work.
I came to X11 originally in the R4/R5 transition days, by which time X11 was pretty well sorted out. The exercise gave me a new appreciation for the complaints in the UHH which I'd always taken as exaggerated for comic effect, and made me remember that shitty software written by infinite monkeys isn't a new feature of the free software movement.
If anybody knows where to find a copy of the MIT contributed patches to Xibm server in the R3 distribution that used to be at
which actually make the thing, well,
, I'd be beyond thrilled to hear about it. It'd be dated approximately May 25, 1989, and contain the server/ddx/ibm/ tree.