[Fontconfig] Font problem after installing fontconfig.

Ciprian Popovici ciprian at zuavra.net
Mon Sep 27 16:51:01 EST 2004

Quoting David Berlind <berlind at gmail.com>:
> At the suggestion of the GTK+ web site, which I needed to install for
> Ethereal, I needed to install Pango, and to make that work, needed
> Fontconfig.  I recently ran an installation of fontconfig and it wiped

How did you install fontconfig and pango? Installation from source may
have its tricks.

> out my X interface.  The error message reported a font problem.  So, I
> reinstalled XFree86 (one suggestion) and I'm still getting an  error.
> Here is what it says when I try to start the GUI:
> Could not init font path element /usr/x11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF/,
> removing from list!
> Could not init font path element /usr/x11R6/lib/X11/fonts/CID/,
> removing from list!
> these directories exist with files in them.

I kind of doubt it, since there's a spelling error in them. :)
It should be X11R6, not x11R6.

Are they mentioned in your /etc/fonts/local.conf, like this?

If they are, did you run `fc-cache -fv` after putting them there?

> When the GUI comes up, I just get a gray screen with the X in the
> middle.  None of the user interface elements come up.  I have to do a
> CTRL-ALT-BKSPC to kill the X Server.

That's probably your desktop's way of coping with the lack of fonts.
Usually X should die on its own in such cases, but in the end it's all
the same.

Ciprian Popovici

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