Bug 11733 - xfs could not create dir /etc/X11/fs/.xauth
xfs could not create dir /etc/X11/fs/.xauth
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86 (Show other bugs)
6.0
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Preston Brown
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Reported: 2000-05-29 12:06 EDT by Bill Winspur
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-05-30 13:58:46 EDT
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Description Bill Winspur 2000-05-29 12:06:58 EDT
I'm trying to get true type fonts installed on my linux box as per the
HOWTO, and am have gotten myself into difficulties.
SITUATION
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xfs now fails to start on my system, posting the following into the
message log:
May 15 10:27:01 wynngate PAM_pwdb[456]: (su) session opened for user xfs
by (uid=0)
May 15 10:27:01 wynngate pam_xauth[456]: do_file: could not create
dir /etc/X11/fs/.xauth
May 15 10:27:01 wynngate PAM_pwdb[456]: (su) session closed for user xfs
May 15 10:27:01 wynngate pam_xauth[456]: do_file: could not create
dir /etc/X11/fs/.xauth
May 15 10:27:01 wynngate xfs: xfs startup succeeded (NOT TRUE - no xfs
process !)

HOW I GOT TO THIS POINT
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Prior to this state of affairs I had done the following:

1. Created the directory truetype in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts
2. Copied the truetype fonts from my windows NT system to the truetype
directory
3. Performed chkfontpath --add /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/truetype
4. Performed ttmkfdir -o fonts.scale - which created fonts scale
5. FAILED TO PERFORM mkfontdir !!!! --- (in retrospect, words fail me)
6. booted my system to re-start XFS and X
7. Performed ps ax|grep xfs, which failed to find xfs.
8. Found the above xfs status and messages from the boot process.

RECOVERY ATTEMPTS (Trying to get back to square 1)
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9. a) Deleted directory truetype
   b)Performed chkfontpath --remove /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/truetype
10. Rebooted - still have the above problem.


CURRENT /etc/X11/fs/config CONTENT
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#
# Default font server configuration file for Red Hat Linux 6.0
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# 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/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi:unscaled,
 /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi:unscaled,
 /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc,
 /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1,
 /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo

# 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

CONCLUSION
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I see from bugzilla that xfs has failed to start for many reasons, so if
there is a workaround for getting truetype fonts to go without XFS I'd be
happy to use it. Is 6.2 a better bet wrt XFS ?
Comment 1 Preston Brown 2000-05-30 13:58:59 EDT
There are many fixes for xfs in RHL 6.1 and 6.2.  You should upgrade.

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