Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 59000
New install of XFree86 & XFree86-xvfb returns Fatal server error: could not open default font 'fixed'
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:39:29 EDT
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Description of problem:
2.2.14-6.1.1 #1 Thu Apr 13 20:01:58 EDT 2000 i686 unknown
Dell PowerEdge 1550 server attempting to run XFree86 & XFree86-xvfb from rpm
new install of
Running the command to start Xvfb returns
/usr/X11R6/bin/Xvfb :1 -screen 0 800x600x8 &
[root@appserv01 /root]# failed to set default font
Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed'
+ Exit 1 /usr/X11R6/bin/Xvfb :1 -screen 0 800x600x8
XF86Config setup correctly with paths defined
xfs server starting at startup
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.setup 6.2 system on Dell Poweredge 1550, 1cpu , 1gig ram with standard
onboard video card. Install only kernel development, and network workstation
modules at kickstart.
2. Download XFree86-3.3.6-29.i386.rpm and XFree86-Xvfb-3.3.6-29.i386.rpm from
3. Configure Xfree86 for the system
4. /usr/X11R6/bin/Xvfb :1 -screen 0 800x600x8
Actual Results: failed to set default font
Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed
Expected Results: A headless Xserver should be running on the system
"Cannot find fixed font" errors indicate a misconfiguration of the
font paths, fonts.dir files, permissions settings or one of many other
possibilities. Please use one of our mailing lists for help
troubleshooting misconfiguration problems.
You might also consider upgrading to Red Hat Linux 7.2, and XFree86 4.1.0
for the best XFree86 support. The older releases are in maintenance mode
which means they'll only likely get updates for major gaping security holes.
Hope this helps.
Nope doesnt help unless you actually list a web page that refers to this
problem in a faq or a mailing list thread that contains the correct answer, as
so far the only mailing list threads I have found have consisted of someone
with the same problem stating it and being told by some other learned
opensource person that they are stupid and need to find the answer on the
mailing lists. Thanks for the no help. I will not be interested in getting a
subscription to the RHN at 60 bucks a server for advice like this.
I'm sorry you feel that way. However, bugzilla is not a technical
support forum to ask questions about configuration or get help. It is
purely a bug tracking database to report and track bugs in. The
problem you are having, is not a bug IMHO, but is just a misconfiguration.
We have never advertised bugzilla as being a technical support forum.
Please try our mailing lists for configuration support.