font problem

Brian Genisio
Mon Dec 17 04:47:00 GMT 2001

By default, the X server uses a bunch of font paths.  They are all included in
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts .  Of those, I am not sure which are defaulted, but
misc contains the "fixed" font alias.  Sooooo.... by overriding your font path,
you are clobbering the defaulted misc.  I usually set misc, 75dpi and 100dpi in
my font path... 

You have two options...
1. Add the font server to the font path :

2. Add the font path AFTER the X server has started up, NOT overriding the font
path.  Use xset for this.  I am not completely sure of the syntax (take a look
at the manpage), but it is something like :

xset fp+ tcp/
xset fp rehash


--- Heiko Nardmann <> wrote:
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> Hi!
> I have a problem with a font inside KDE Konsole. Until end of last week I 
> used Exceed as my primary X server. Then I switched to XFree86 (on Windows 
> NT).
> I start it using XDMCP with the '-indirect' option to get the chooser menu 
> from a Linux server.
> Inside the KDE Konsole the font provided by Exceed is fine but now a 
> proportional font is used in XFree86.
> When I try to choose a better font from the "Custom..." menu I only see 
> "Tahoma" being the only font offered.
> Probably I have to provide some more fonts to the X server?
> - From another mail I saw that it is possible to give some '-fp ...' to the 
> XWin command line; so now I have the following inside startxwin.bat:
> start /B XWin.exe :1 -indirect -from -screen 0 1600 
> 1200 -fullscreen -fp tcp/
> is the linux server.
> is my machine.
> On port 7101 xfstt is running. No xfs is running on the linux machine 
> additionally.
> But then I get the following fatal error message:
> could not open default font 'fixed'
> Any idea how to fix this?
> - -- 
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