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Old 04-07-2004, 11:25 AM   #1
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startx Problem (Urgent)

I use a Linux 8.0 version(A cut down red hat version)
Till now I was running the GUI (Gnome) nicely. suddenley , one day,
the problem arose that when I enter startx at the command prompt(in text mode) A blank and dark screen and comes back to the command prompt(in text mode) stating the error as
default font fixed not found I thought There is a problem with X server.But when I run 'XTest' tool, A GUI shows for 10 seconds

What I shall need to do
Either update version of xfs using rpm -UVh
or the entire XServer package

Please need a help so as to do a project
here is a sample of XFree86.0.log
XFree86 Version 4.2.0 (Red Hat Linux release: 4.2.0-72) / X Window System
(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6600)
Release Date: 23 January 2002
If the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your card is
newer than the above date, look for a newer version before
reporting problems. Build Operating System: Linux 2.4.18-11smp i686 [ELF]
Build Host:

Module Loader present
OS Kernel: Linux version 2.4.18-24.8.0 ( (gcc version 3.2 20020903 (Red Hat Linux 8.0 3.2-7)) #1 Fri Jan 31 06:51:30 EST 2003
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/XFree86.0.log", Time: Mon Apr 5 07:52:17 2004
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/XF86Config"
(==) ServerLayout "Anaconda Configured"
(**) |-->Screen "Screen0" (0)
(**) | |-->Monitor "Monitor0"
(**) | |-->Device "RIVA TNT2"
(**) |-->Input Device "Mouse0"

(==) NV(0): Backing store disabled
(==) NV(0): Silken mouse enabled
(**) Option "dpms"
(**) NV(0): DPMS enabled
(II) Initializing built-in extension MIT-SHM
(II) Initializing built-in extension XInputExtension
(II) Initializing built-in extension XTEST
(II) Initializing built-in extension XKEYBOARD
(II) Initializing built-in extension LBX
(II) Initializing built-in extension XC-APPGROUP
(II) Initializing built-in extension SECURITY
(II) Initializing built-in extension XINERAMA
(II) Initializing built-in extension XFree86-Bigfont
(II) Initializing built-in extension RENDER
(**) Option "Protocol" "PS/2"
(**) Mouse0: Protocol: "PS/2"
(**) Option "CorePointer"
(**) Mouse0: Core Pointer
(**) Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
(**) Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
(**) Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
(**) Mouse0: ZAxisMapping: buttons 4 and 5
(**) Mouse0: Buttons: 5
(**) Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
(**) Mouse1: Protocol: "IMPS/2"
(**) Option "SendCoreEvents"
(**) Mouse1: always reports core events
(**) Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
(**) Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
(**) Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
(**) Mouse1: ZAxisMapping: buttons 4 and 5
(**) Mouse1: Buttons: 5
(II) Keyboard "Keyboard0" handled by legacy driver
(II) XINPUT: Adding extended input device "Mouse1" (type: MOUSE)
(II) XINPUT: Adding extended input device "Mouse0" (type: MOUSE)
Could not init font path element unix/:7100, removing from list!

Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed'

When reporting a problem related to a server crash, please send
the full server output, not just the last messages.
This can be found in the log file "/var/log/XFree86.0.log".
Please report problems to
Old 04-07-2004, 11:57 AM   #2
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hmm I'll quote the last few lines of the error message:

When reporting a problem related to a server crash, please send the full server output, not just the last messages. This can be found in the log file "/var/log/XFree86.0.log". Please report problems to
I don't know either, sorry... but it looks like there's something wrong with the font configuration!

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Old 04-07-2004, 11:57 AM   #3
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If you install XFree86 version 4.4 (the latest) you will have no need for a separate XFont server, thus making life easier.

Download the binary version of XF86 from and install that. It comes as multiple tarballs, an 'extract' binary and an script.
Old 04-11-2004, 11:05 AM   #4
Stefan Pantiru
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I've got the same problem just now... playing around with security levels and permissions, all of the sudden my X severs fails to initialize saying:
"could not open default font 'fixed'"

I simply commented the following line from /usr/X11/XF86Config-4:
#unix /:-1
and now it seems to work, but I have a strange feeling about some side-effects... we'll see...


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