Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 40072
up2date cannot load the font -*-helvetica-bold-r-normal--12-*-*-*-p-*-iso8859-1 and exits
Last modified: 2015-01-07 18:45:34 EST
Description of Problem: When calling up2date, a traceback appears with a
RuntimeError: couldn't load the font. up2date exits without connecting to
How Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. log in as root
2. call up2date from an xterm
Actual Results: A window flashes open briefly and then closes. The
following message appears in the xterm.
Traceback (innermost last):
File "/usr/sbin/up2date", line 831, in ?
File "/usr/sbin/up2date", line 817, in main
File "/usr/share/rhn/up2date/gui.py", line 701, in main
gui = Gui()
File "/usr/share/rhn/up2date/gui.py", line 69, in __init__
File "/usr/lib/python1.5/site-packages/gtk.py", line 2610, in load_font
RuntimeError: couldn't load the font
Expected Results: up2date should connect to redhat and check for upgrades.
Additional Information: This problem appeared after an upgrade from RH7.0
rpm -q up2date kdebase kdelibs kernel python pygtk XFree86
Gotten some reports that this bug goes away after a restart of
xfs and X. Can you verify that is the case?
Will attempt to change the up2date code to handle not being
able to find this font, but the root of the issue seems to
be some sort of Xfree/xfs bug...
Not for me, I'm afraid. I get exactly the same error (did I do it
right? I killed the xfs pid and then restarted xfs with the same
options, tried up2date, hit ctrl-alt-backspace, logged back in,
tried up2date again).
I think you're right though about it being down to an X bug, I'm
having severe problems with kde (I did all the above in gnome)
and the folks at bugs.kde.org think it has to do with xft.
Upgrading to XFree86-4.1.0 seems to resolve this problem.