Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 78697
unreadable font in dialog
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:48:44 EDT
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Description of problem:
while trying to install the nvidia proprietary xfree drivers the xserver didn't
start up. i got a error dialog saying:
"i cannot start the x server (your graphical interface). it is likely...etc etc"
this dialog had ok and cancel buttons. well i think they were ok and cancel
buttons because the text was unreadable... choosing the one on the right closed
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. misconfigure appropiately your xfree server
2. reboot your rh8
Is this due to the video data corruption due to attempted invokation of the
nVidia driver on your system?
Otherwise - you might wish to refer to Bug 78616 - since nVidia _does_ invoke
its own closed, binary-only driver in the kernel and something bad happened to
i dont think the nvidia proprietary driver is the culprit.
i've done this test: renamed the /etc/x11/xf86config file,
so that the xserver can't start. then i've rebooted.
i got the usual dialog with unreadable fonts. then i did
an lsmod, and the nvidia driver wasn't loaded. so it
seems that it's not a problem with nvidia.
i think that the dialog comes from /usr/bin/gdm-binary.
We basically need a unicode-capable ncurses
From the description, I don't see why this one would be related to dialog or ncurses, since it states that the "text" is unreadable. A font problem would be (going up) the terminal emulator, some issue with the fonts specified, or the X server.
sounds like the locale is non-English/non-latin-1, and the console is not
Unicode. Need to know what the output of "locale" is.
here's what i get when typing locale into a terminal:
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 74911 ***
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.