startxwin.bat fails: could not open default font 'fixed' (XP, FAQ 8.4 N/A)

Brett Harris
Fri Mar 30 19:42:00 GMT 2007

I reinstalled cygwin and can't seem to get the XServer to start.  It fails 
with "Fatal server error: could not open default font 'fixed'".  Section 8.4 
of the FAQ gives a fix, which doesn't seem to be applicable to my situation. 
  I've tried both re-installing the font packages listed and re-running the 
applicable post install scripts.  I included some relevant info, but if 
y'all need anything else let me know.

Thanks in advance,

$ cat /tmp/XWin.log
_XSERVTransmkdir: ERROR: euid != 0,directory /tmp/.X11-unix will not be 
(II) XF86Config is not supported
(II) See for more information
winAdjustVideoModeShadowGDI - Using Windows display depth of 32 bits per 
winAllocateFBShadowGDI - Creating DIB with width: 2800 height: 1600 depth: 
winAllocateFBShadowGDI - Requested DIB (bitmap) will be larger than 16 MB.  
The surface may fail to be allocated on Wind
ows 95, 98, or Me, due to a 16 MB limit in DIB size.  This limit does not 
apply to Windows NT/2000, and this message may
be ignored on those platforms.
winInitVisualsShadowGDI - Masks 00ff0000 0000ff00 000000ff BPRGB 8 d 24 bpp 
null screen fn ReparentWindow
null screen fn RestackWindow
InitQueue - Calling pthread_mutex_init
InitQueue - pthread_mutex_init returned
InitQueue - Calling pthread_cond_init
InitQueue - pthread_cond_init returned
winInitMultiWindowWM - Hello
winMultiWindowXMsgProc - Hello
winInitMultiWindowWM - Calling pthread_mutex_lock ()
winMultiWindowXMsgProc - Calling pthread_mutex_lock ()
MIT-SHM extension disabled due to lack of kernel support
XFree86-Bigfont extension local-client optimization disabled due to lack of 
shared memory support in the kernel
(--) Setting autorepeat to delay=750, rate=24
(--) winConfigKeyboard - Layout: "00000409" (00000409)
(--) Using preset keyboard for "English (USA)" (409), type "4"
(--) 11 mouse buttons found
Could not init font path element /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/CID/, removing 
from list!

Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed'
winDeinitMultiWindowWM - Noting shutdown in progress
$ mount
C:\cygwin\bin on /usr/bin type system (binmode)
C:\cygwin\lib on /usr/lib type system (binmode)
C:\cygwin on / type system (binmode)
c: on /cygdrive/c type system (binmode,noumount)
x: on /cygdrive/x type system (binmode,noumount)
y: on /cygdrive/y type system (binmode,noumount)
z: on /cygdrive/z type system (binmode,noumount)
$ ls /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/
100dpi  75dpi  TTF  Type1  cyrillic  encodings  misc  util
$ ls /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/
10x20-ISO8859-1.pcf.gz   6x10-KOI8-R.pcf.gz       7x13O-ISO8859-15.pcf.gz    
10x20-ISO8859-10.pcf.gz  6x10.pcf.gz              7x13O-ISO8859-16.pcf.gz    
10x20-ISO8859-11.pcf.gz  6x12-ISO8859-1.pcf.gz    7x13O-ISO8859-2.pcf.gz     
10x20-ISO8859-13.pcf.gz  6x12-ISO8859-10.pcf.gz   7x13O-ISO8859-3.pcf.gz     
10x20-ISO8859-14.pcf.gz  6x12-ISO8859-13.pcf.gz   7x13O-ISO8859-4.pcf.gz     
10x20-ISO8859-15.pcf.gz  6x12-ISO8859-14.pcf.gz   7x13O-ISO8859-5.pcf.gz     
Lots more fonts cropped for legibility

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