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Description of problem:
The misc font.dir file (and maybe others I haven't checked yet) supplied with
the XFree86 4.1.0-15 update for Red Hat 7.2 seems to have -rw-------
permissions. THIS IS A BAD THING as it may cause X to not start because it
cannot find the default fixed font.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Upgrade to new X package
2.check font.dir permissions in misc form dir
3. if not world readable, watch X fail to start
Actual Results: X did not start
Expected Results: X should have started
My system is using RH 7,2, whuch was upgraded from 7.1....6.2
fonts.dir files are not supplied. They are created after installation.
I have fixed a perm problem with this by forcing mkfontdir to set the
permission explicitly to 644.
I'm not sure how it could possibly be getting perms wrong now. I'll have to
Definitely is fixed in current Rawhide release 4.2.0-6.60. I don't recall
the exact release these fixes went into, but I believe the latter 4.1.0 series
has them as well.