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Success! Re: X fonts

I am pleased to report that I am currently writing this message
on an Xterm running under MiNT on my good ol'TT.

Many thanks to Bill Hallman, who sent me the attached message;
I hope you won't mind, Bill, but I think this should be on
archive somewhere for the next person who'll get this trouble.

Now. In addition to changing my fonts.dir file to match Bill's,
I had to have a fonts.alias file in
/usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc, containing those two lines:

fixed <full-length-font-description>
cursor cursor

Strange, I know, but that's what worked for me.

Remaining problems:

1. I still can't get the entire font path recognized. I have to
launch X with this line:

xinit -- -fp /usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc

Anyway... now that I can at least get a minimal system going, I
will focus on that particular problem.

2. Upon startup, X complains that it cannot find any useable
iso-8859-1 fonts. (I have _lots_ of them.)  If I attempt to
switch fonts from the X desktop,  the whole thing comes crashing
down with a bus error.

Now here's Bill's message, for the record.

Thanks again,


On Sun, 30 Jun 1996, Bill Hallman wrote:

> Yves,
>         I mailed the following, when you first posted about the font
> problem. Something went wrong with the mail. It just came back as
> not deliverable, so here it is again:
>     In the mint mailing list, in reference to fonts for X, you asked:
> > I haven't figured out how to tell the server where to look...
> >could someone help me with that?
> You have the correct path, it is also the default the path for the server,
> you don't need to tell it where to look:
> /usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi
>                   /75dpi
>                   /Speedo
>                   /misc
> Case is important, it will not find them if there is a misplaced upper
> or lower case letter in the filenames or directory names.
> There must be a fonts.dir file in each font directory. The first line is
> the number of fonts in that directory, then a list of the fonts. If one
> of the font directories is empty(no fonts), it must still have a fonts.dir
> file showing 0 on the first line.
> These are the directories in my fonts directory:
> 100dpi
> 75dpi
> Speedo
> misc
> This is the contents of the misc directory:
> 5x7.bdf
> 6x10.bdf
> 8x16.bdf
> cursor.bdf
> fonts.dir
> This is the contents of the fonts.dir file in the misc folder:
> 6
> cursor.bdf cursor
> 5x7.bdf fixed
> 5x7.bdf -1-1-1-R-1-1-1-120-1-1-1-1-ISO8859-1
> 6x10.bdf fixed
> 6x10.bdf -misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--10-100-75-75-c-60-iso8859-1
> 8x16.bdf fixed
> 8x16.bdf -sony-fixed-medium-r-normal--16-120-100-100-c-80-iso8859-1
> Bill