[Fontconfig] FT_Get_Next_Char error on RH9

Seb James seb at hypercubesystems.co.uk
Thu Nov 20 03:36:28 EST 2003


I'm getting a curious error from the fontconfig that's installed on my RH9 
box (fully updated right now).

A previous posting to this list was similar, and was getting errors like 
this one:

gnome-terminal: relocation error: /usr/lib/libfontconfig.so.1: undefined 
symbol: FT_Get_Next_Char

Keith Packard had this to say on the subject:

>Around 9 o'clock on Mar 28, "Maisenhelder, Joel" wrote:

>> And thus upgraded fonconfig to 2.1. All I get now are  fc-cache: 
>> error: /usr/local/lib/libfontconfig.so.1: undefined symbol:
>> FT_Get_Next_Char

>That means the version of FreeType you have installed is not the same as
>the version used to build fontconfig.

>> Or if I remove the dirs it has trouble with I get. No fonts found. What 
>> going on?

>That's a known bug with version 2.1 of fontconfig which is fixed by
>running 'fc-cache -f'.  That should be fixed in 2.1.92, but you'll have 
>fix your FreeType version before you can run that.


Now, I'm getting the same messages with the freetype and fontconfig that 
are installed with my distro, nothing is out of place and I've verified 
that the packages are `as installed'.

The only thing that is different from a normal RH9 distro is that I have a 
few extra fonts installed in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local.

I tried recompiling fontconfig (from the RH source rpm) on the system, but 
the recompiled fontconfig libraries gave the same errors.

fontconfig version is 2.1-9 (redhat) though I'm not exactly sure which 
version this translates to.

Typically, I'm not quite sure at which point the error made itself 
apparent. It wasn't when I installed ltsp on the machine recently. It 
mainly seems to have occurred since I tried running type1inst in 
directories that contained some new fonts, but I think it may have been 
waiting inthe wings as I don't see how that can have done anything to 
upset the system.

Any ideas? This is causing us some trouble as it's our main office 


Seb James

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