Installing "vga.pcf" font, font is not recognized

Georg Ritter newsgr.2007 at
Tue Dec 12 09:32:44 PST 2006

Dear X gurus!,

I'm failing to get a "MS-DOS" emulating font (vga.pcf or vga11x19.bdf, 
vga11x19.pcf) to work. The fonts worked on the previous box, so should be ok.
Placing them into the /usr/share/X11/fonts/misc/ fontpath, mkfontdir, and a xset 
fp rehash, xfs restart, did the job before.

Now with the new installation (one FC6 and also an FC4 box) I cannot figure out 
why the fonts no longer work. As far as I could find out xfs should be able to 
"serve" them.

On the current boxes  (please find the details below) I get:

xterm -fn vga

Warning: Cannot convert string "nil2" to type FontStruct
xterm:  unable to open font "vga", trying "fixed"....

The "vga" font obviously missing. But I cannot figure out why, find the details 
below. They seem correct as far as I understand. There also is no error message 
from xfs on loading the vga.pcf font.

What could be the problem here? I really ran out of ideas and information-input 
sources. Any pointer, hints or ideas what to check or where to search would be 
rof great help.

Thank for insight,


various details follow:


chkfontpath --list
Current directories in font path:
1: /usr/share/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled
2: /usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi:unscaled

less /etc/X11/fs/config
catalogue = /usr/share/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled,

xterm -v


X Window System Version 7.1.1
Release Date: 12 May 2006
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 7.1.1
Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.9-34.ELsmp i686 Red Hat, Inc.
Current Operating System: Linux chiligreen 2.6.18-1.2849.fc6 #1 SMP Fri Nov 10 
12:36:14 EST 2006 i686Build Date: 01 December 2006
Build ID: xorg-x11-server 1.1.1-47.2.fc6
(==) FontPath set to:

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