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Re: [vox-tech] ISO8859-1 font problem

On Fri, Aug 17, 2001 at 11:28:47AM -0700, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> matt, when was the last time you updated your system?  it's my understanding
> that sid regularly breaks for short periods of time.

I update my system pretty much every day.  Last update was five minutes ago.  
I suppose something could be screwed up in the unstable tree right now,
but I've been using sid for about a year now and I've experienced almost
no problems.

> anyway, without X running, from console, do:
> X -probeonly 2>X.err
> (yes, that's one dash.  why?  i dunno!)
> look for error messages.  i believe this might be kept (also) in
> /var/log/xdm.log, although why it's called "xdm" is beyond me.  another
> wierdness.

No errors or warnings.  (btw, /var/log/XFree86.0.log is the file that
this is stored in).

> also, go to your font directories and make sure that that "fonts.alias" and
> "fonts.dir" exist.  run 'mkfontdir *' if not.

Yeah, fonts.alias and fonts.dir exist in all the font directories...

I've never really paid much attention to how X fonts work, so I have
no idea where to start looking for the source of this problem.  I guess
I'll just have to wait for a while and see if any new sid updates make
the problem go away.

Thanks for your help.



* Matt Roper <matt@mattrope.com> *
* http://www.mattrope.com        *

> p
> begin: Matt Roper <mattrope@mattrope.com> quote
> > I seem to have screwed up my X fonts somehow -- most of the common X
> > programs from the xbase-clients package (xmessage, xdvi, xedit,
> > xfontsel, xman, etc.) all give the following message when I try to run
> > them:
> > 
> > 	Warning: Unable to load any usable ISO8859-1 font
> > 	Warning: Missing charsets in String to FontSet confersion
> > 	Warning: Unable to load any usable fontset
> > 	Segmentation fault
> > 
> > Other X programs (built with gtk, qt, kde, etc.) all work properly.
> > 
> > I am running XFree86 4.1 under Debian (sid).  I do not run xfs or any
> > other font server.   My XF86Config-4 file loads the "type1" and
> > "freetype" modules and points to various font paths under
> > /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/.  I have the the following font packages
> > installed:
> > 
> > 
> > mattrope@poseidon:~$ dpkg --get-selections | grep font
> > gsfonts                                         install
> > gsfonts-x11                                     install
> > psfontmgr                                       install
> > xfonts-100dpi                                   install
> > xfonts-75dpi                                    install
> > xfonts-base                                     install
> > xfonts-scalable                                 install
> > 
> > 
> > I'm not sure exactly when this problem began, but I'm pretty sure
> > everything was working properly a month or so ago.  I don't recall
> > changing anything recently that could have caused this problem...  It's
> > probably something stupid that I'm overlooking.  Can anyone give me some
> > insight?
> > 
> > 
> > Matt
> > 
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