Description of Problem:
I have seen manifestations of this problem not only on alpha and with
other releases 4.1.0-14 but this has to be filed somewhere. :-)
After an update X server does not want to start because "fixed" font
cannot be found. A closer investigation reveals that in various
subdirectories of /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/ files like 'fonts.dir'
and/or 'encodings.dir' are missing apparently at random.
Various font packages execute the same postinstallation script which
looks like this:
for fontdir in 100dpi 75dpi CID Speedo Type1 misc \
umask 133;/usr/X11R6/bin/mkfontdir -e \
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/encodings -e \
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/$fontdir || :
/usr/sbin/chkfontpath -q -a /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/$fontdir || :
Executing "manually" just mkfontdir-part of the loop above restores
sanity immediately. Is this 'chkfontpath' responsible for the resulting
mess? On this particular test installation the following packages
were really used in an update:
Once X is updated, both xfs and XFree86 need to be restarted and
everything should work fine. I can't reproduce the problem you're
Well, sure, but restarting X and xfs does not help with recreating various
missing 'fonts.dir' and encoding files. It was actually hard to notice
that something is funny without restarting xfs.
I have suspicions, but not a "smoking gun", that the problem is some mixup
during updates when fonts with various encodings are installed. When you
tried to reproduce did you have only iso8859-1 fonts on a machine or some
other ones as well?
Problem is not reproduceable in rawhide currently. Closing as
fixed in rawhide.