Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 10883
xfs fails to start up causing X itself to fail starting up
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:55 EDT
The X Font Server fails to start up when /etc/rc.d/init.d/xfs calls
mkfontdir due to mkfontdir making non-world-readable fonts.dir files.
This also causes the X server to fail starting up. To fix this, insert a
umask command before mkfontdir is called in the init script:
for d in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/* /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/*/*
/usr/share/fonts/* /usr/share/fonts/*/*; do
Is your system setup different than default, because I haven't
experienced this problem and I have setup two separate systems
with 6.2 and the permissions have been correct on both and xfs
has been starting up normal. Did you upgrade or something?
Not that I know of. Perhaps my default umask for root is different, but
I just now experienced the same problem on a brand new install on an
alpha. It only seems to show up after the next reboot after running X.
(i.e., it did not happen the first time I started up X.) After rebooting,
xfs reports "[ OK ]" on startup, but "ps auxw|grep xfs" shows that xfs is
not actually running.
have you changed your default root umask?
you have changed your default root umask, but I have adjusted the xfs init
script to check for this for our next release.