Package Details: nethack-x11 3.6.2-1

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Package Base: nethack-x11
Description: Single-player roguelike dungeon exploration game (X11 version)
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Keywords: game nethack X11
Licenses: custom
Conflicts: nethack
Submitter: None
Maintainer: Forty-Bot
Last Packager: Forty-Bot
Votes: 25
Popularity: 1.714994
First Submitted: 2008-07-03 18:01
Last Updated: 2019-10-14 20:51

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xyproto commented on 2018-06-18 12:54

Here's a WORK IN PROGRESS nethack-x11.patch and PKGBUILD that builds nethack 3.6.1 for X11, but without tiles, and it only runs as root, and then only the second time you run it. It's pretty horrible.

PKGBUILD: nethack-x11.patch: nethack.install:

Since I found viable forks of NetHack, I'm disowning this package.

Don't be eaten by a grue.

xyproto commented on 2018-05-08 12:15

I'm trying to make nethack-x11 be possible to install alongside regular nethack, without conflicting with nethack, while also upgrading to version 3.6.1

However, configuring and compiling nethack is a game on its own.

Here's what I've got so far. Currently it fails when starting nethack-x11:

Users/groups should also probably be added using the systemd mechanism of having an .install file with:

echo '<sysusers.d content="">' | install -Dm644 /dev/stdin "$pkgdir"/usr/lib/sysusers.d/$pkgname.conf</sysusers.d>

And then using the correct content for '<sysusers.d content="">'.</sysusers.d>

I also think it would be nice to get rid of the .patch file, since it's very sensitive for changes in the nethack source code from release to release.

Just being able to install and run nethack-x11 3.6.1, in any form, would be nice.

If someone would like to give it a go, contributions are warmly welcome!

xyproto commented on 2018-05-05 23:06

@joemaro, dawnhack looks nice! Perhaps a separate AUR package for nethack-x11 + dawnhack could be a good solution?

joemaro commented on 2017-10-07 20:36

i'm trying to play with another tileset (for 3.6.0), but it seems that this version is somehow still shiping with the 3.4.3 'x11tiles' file.
Could you verify that this version works with, let's say the dawnhack tiles from

xyproto commented on 2016-06-07 13:14

Updated the PKGBUILD. Had to add "-j1" to make as well, to make it build reliably. Thanks for the patches, Moxon!

Moxon commented on 2016-05-09 18:41

I was able to make 3.6 compile and install and I can now play the X11 variant again. Please have a look at my patch

. logfiles and such are now preserved across re- and uninstalls
. also installs Guidebook


xyproto commented on 2016-01-02 23:04

3.6 has *several* build problems. Checked in PKGBUILD.36, but more work is needed and/or upstream needs to fix things.

Anonymous comment on 2013-08-03 01:06

@xyproto Thank you. Problem fixed.

xyproto commented on 2013-08-02 16:14

@manolos Thanks for notifying. Updated the package, does it work for you now?

Anonymous comment on 2013-08-02 13:22

Hey, whenever I try to run this program I get this error message:

/usr/bin/nethack: line 62: cd: /tmp/yaourt-tmp-(username)/aur-nethack-x11/pkg/nethack-x11/usr/share/nethack: No such file or directory
/usr/bin/nethack: line 68: /tmp/yaourt-tmp-(username)/aur-nethack-x11/pkg/nethack-x11/usr/share/nethack/nethack: No such file or directory

With (username) replaced with my actual username of course.