xfig / fonts
Bas van Gils
basvg at cs.ru.nl
Mon Oct 10 11:16:05 UTC 2005
A few days ago I had to create a new xfig file for my dissertation on my
laptop. Upon startup, xfig complained about not being able to find certain
fonts. Indeed, when I started to enter text it appeared that xfig couldn't
find a single font.
At first I thought I was missing fonts but a check learned that I had most of
the essential packages installed (i.e. msttcorefonts, ttf-things and
xfonts-things). Even more, the paths to the directories containing these fonts
are listed in xorg.conf. Just to be on the safe side I made sure that each
directory has a fonts.dir entry. After runing 'xset fp rehash' xfig seemed to
work just fine. Great. After rebooting/ restarting X, however, the same
problem occured again: xfig couldn't find its fonts.
Just to be on the safe side I used a second machine (also running Hoary) to
verify that it wasn't a machine-specific problem. Also I had a buddy confirm
that his box had the same problem.
After googling again I learned that 'xset fp rehash' is supposed to be
permanent in the sense that X should remember which fonts it has after a
reboot/ restart. On a debian mailinglist (entry from 2004) someone had the
exact same problem. His fix was to make sure that the 'xset fp rehash' command
is run each time X starts using gnome-session-properties. Surely this works
but it feels like a hack. Does anyone know how to solve the problem
*properly*? Am I missing something? Any pointers are greatly appreciated.
<Bas.vanGils at cs.ru.nl> - GPG Key ID: 2768A493 - http://www.cs.ru.nl/~basvg
Radboud University Nijmegen Institute for Computing and Information Sciences
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