Bug 10778 - Problem with X-fonts after upgrading from RH 6.1 to RH 6.2
Problem with X-fonts after upgrading from RH 6.1 to RH 6.2
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86 (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Preston Brown
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Reported: 2000-04-13 02:02 EDT by Joachim Backes
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-08-06 02:01:46 EDT
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Description Joachim Backes 2000-04-13 02:02:06 EDT
I updated my RedHat 6.1 to Redhat 6.2, and after this, a lot of
X11 Fonts were shown in a wrong manner (for example helvetica
fonts), that is, some sizes where represented by smaller ones.
Only a small subset (fixed for ex.) was shown correctly.

Then, I installed RH 6.2 completely new, then all fonts were
shown, but the layout was a ugly one (a very clear "stairs"

Joachim Backes


Joachim Backes <backes@rhrk.uni-kl.de>       | Univ. of Kaiserslautern
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Comment 1 fred-m 2000-05-17 01:23:59 EDT
As for the problem of wrong fonts (Joachim's first paragraph), I had this
problem in two computers that I upgraded from 6.1 to 6.2 and found the cause.
The upgrade process forgot to add the 75 dpi fonts to /etc/X11/fs/config. (I
don't have 100 dpi fonts installed, this might apply to these fonts also).

Adding the 75 dpi font directory solved the problem.
Comment 2 Ben Stanley 2000-05-17 08:19:59 EDT
I also upgraded Red Hat 6.1 to 6.2. I checked my
/etc/X11/fs/config file, and I have the 75dpi and 100dpi
directories in the font path, but I still have grainy fonts.
The font I'm having most trouble with is -*-times.
Comment 3 Preston Brown 2000-07-13 15:26:22 EDT
what are the contents of your /etc/X11/fs/config file?
Comment 4 Ben Stanley 2000-07-16 20:01:11 EDT
My /etc/X11/fs/config file has the following:
# Default font server configuration file for Red Hat Linux 6.0

# allow a max of 4 clients to connect to this font server
client-limit = 4

# when a font server reaches its limit, start up a new one
clone-self = off

# alternate font servers for clients to use
#alternate-servers = foo:7101,bar:7102

# where to look for fonts
# Some of these are commented out, i.e. the TrueType and Type1
# directories in /usr/share, because they aren't forced to be
# installed alongside X.
catalogue = /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled,
#	,
#	/usr/share/fonts/default/Type1,
#	/usr/share/fonts/ISO8859-2/misc:unscaled,
#	/usr/share/fonts/ISO8859-2/75dpi:unscaled,
#	/usr/share/fonts/ISO8859-2/100dpi:unscaled,
#	/usr/share/fonts/ISO8859-2/misc,
#	/usr/share/fonts/ISO8859-2/Type1,
#	/usr/share/fonts/ISO8859-2/75dpi,
#	/usr/share/fonts/ISO8859-2/100dpi

# in 12 points, decipoints
default-point-size = 120

# 100 x 100 and 75 x 75
default-resolutions = 75,75,100,100

# how to log errors
use-syslog = on

# listen on 7100 to service other font requirements.
port = 7100

I have managed to fix most of the problems, but still have a problem with LyX, 
which uses the font specification -*-times by default.

Comment 5 fred-m 2000-08-06 02:01:45 EDT
Just found the problem that I mentioned above. When I upgraded, I
moved /etc/X11/fs/config.rpmnew into /etc/X11/fs/config, without
noticing that config.rpmnew didn't have the path for 75dpi
fonts. My fault. (Hmm... but it would be nice if RPM had set
the font paths in config.rpmnew...)

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