Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 251286
kdebase: Adding fonts via KDE Control Center messes up Xorg config causing fatal errors
Last modified: 2008-09-07 01:09:23 EDT
Description of problem:
Shutdown machine without notice of any problems. Booted up next day
and Xorg, and in turn KDM wouldn't load. /var/log/messages was quiet
but both /var/log/kdm.log and /var/log/Xorg.0.log showed:
could not open default font 'fixed'
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Log into KDE desktop
2. K Menu > Control Center > System Administration > Font Installer
3. Enter administration mode
4. Attempt to add (.ttf) font
5. Save changes
- fonts failed to be added
- xorg could not start on next boot
- fonts were added along side current XFS managed fonts
I eventually found out that I had an entry in my xorg.cong:Files
commenting that out fixed the problem.
According to the Google cache of the Xorg wiki (which was down at the
time), "The use of the font server xfs is deprecated due to several
bugs in it. It is recommended that the Xserver loads the fonts
So I'm guessing KDE assumes that font paths are setup via xorg.cong. I
had attempted to add ttf fonts via KDE's control center (it did ask
for root password). Incidentally, I did notice that that did not add
the fonts in question, so I went back to how I normally add fonts,
using fonts:/Personal (that worked as normal).
I'm not sure what a possible resolution is, but I think it's fair to
expect people to attempt to use Control Center to add a font.
(although using fonts:/Personal is better)
Bugzilla Bug 251286: kdebase: Adding fonts via KDE Control Center messes up Xorg
config causing fatal errors
The bug exists on Fedora 8 as well. Could you please update the version to
kfontinst looks broken, when simply copying fonts to ~/.fonts is simpler and
works. Maybe it would be best to simply remove the brokeness (ie, omit kfontinst)
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This no longer seems to be an issue. I attempted the same use case with KDE 4.1.1 in rawhide, and rebooted without issue, and fonts:/System shows the installed.
On a side note it cool to install the font directly from an smb share via kio_slaves.