Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 47477
gnumeric fails to start complaining about fonts
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:00 EDT
Description of Problem:
Gnumeric fails to start complaining about font problems and suggesting
I check gnome-print.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Default install.
2. Picked en_GB locale (dunno whether relevant), and started Gnome via
3. Started gnumeric from foot menu (same thing happens when starting
from command line after ssh'ing in).
Dialogue box: "Gnumeric failed to find a suitable default font. Please
verify your gnome-print installation. Your fontmap file could not be
found in the expected location." It then suggested the wrong url for
bugs (it's bugzilla.gnome.org not bugs.gnome.org now) and a set of
information to include with the report.
I expected it to run :)
The dialogue box says it's expecting /usr/share/fonts/fontmap
[hobbit@pwca hobbit]$ locate fontmap
LC_ALL is unset. LANG -- well, when starting gnome from gdm it's
en_GB.ISO-8859-1 and when trying it again by ssh'ing in it was
And the libxml version is 1.8.11-3
When starting from a terminal, I get this in the terminal:
** CRITICAL **: file gnome-font-face.c: line 306
(gnome_font_unsized_closest): assertion `face != NULL' failed.
** CRITICAL **: file gnome-font.c: line 244 (gnome_font_new_closest):
assertion `face != NULL' failed.
** CRITICAL **: file gnome-rfont.c: line 963 (create_display_font):
assertion `gnomefont != NULL' failed.
This defect considered MUST-FIX for Fairfax gold-release.
While I don't know the exact problem that was happening here
to cause an empty /usr/share/font/fontmap2, I changed the handling
of the fontmap a lot in the new gnome-print-0.29-2 RPM and
hopefully this will no longer occur.
(The fontmap is now in /etc/gnome/fonts/fontmap2, among other
The new RPM fixes a system that was broken in this way when
upgrading to it, so that's a decent indication that it is
*** Bug 46901 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***