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Old 06-12-2003, 10:08 PM   #1
Apollo77
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TightVNC - Only one font available on Remote Desktop


I have a server that runs TightVNC (1.2.8, I think) under RH 8.0. I regularly run remote desktop sessions because I'm too lazy to keep getting up to sit in front of the server. This setup works great. However, no matter how I try to alter the fonts I seem to be stuck with courier and sans when viewing the remote desktop. This is a minor thing, but it drives me crazy plus it makes the desktop look downright stupid.

Any ideas what I need to do to fix this?

Here's how I run TightVNC : tightvnc -geometry 800x600

In /usr/bin/vncserver I tried altering $fontPATH from:
$fontPath = "unix/:7100";

to:
$fontPath = "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc/,/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/";

This made no difference.

Any other ideas? Am I even on the right path?

Thanks,
Apollo
 
Old 06-26-2003, 03:37 PM   #2
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I have been searching, but I still cannot solve this problem. Perhaps my previous description was confusing.

Basically, I am running KDE (whatever version comes with RH 8.0)under RH 8.0. Everything is fine with this setup. However, when I remotely access a KDE session using TightVNC, I only see one very bland font. Lots of fonts appear to be available, but when I choose different fonts, nothing changes -- I still only see the same old bland font. Everywhere on the desktop and on every app I see that same old font.

There is something about TightVNC that is unable to display the fonts that appear to be available.

Any suggestions?

Apollo
 
Old 07-29-2003, 08:09 PM   #3
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Finally, I have the solution for this.

It's related to GLX somehow. I don't know much about this stuff. Anyways, check out this site:

http://xf4vnc.sourceforge.net/

I downloaded an executable from there. It's a replacement for /usr/bin/Xvnc. I simply renamed Xvnc to Xvnc-old and dropped the new one in (naming it /usr/bin/Xvnc -- imagine that). That's it! I did nothing else.

The new Xvnc is about 3MB compared to 1.3 for the original. Now everything on the remote desktop looks perfect -- exactly like the real thing. All the fonts show up perfectly now.

Hope this helps someone.

Apollo
 
  


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