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Old 03-19-2002, 04:09 PM   #1
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X problems


i've been running linux for a couple days but i rebooted and it can't find my default font. x gives an error after i log in as root, and type 'startx'. it'll flash into x, and won't load the cursor arrow and flash back out to the prompt. and when i shutdown the computer it fails to shut down the X font server. any help would be greatly apprieciated.
 
Old 03-19-2002, 05:20 PM   #2
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Sounds to me like your font server isn't running. The question is why?

Verify this by running "ps -ef | grep xfs"

Do you remember disabling it?
 
Old 03-19-2002, 09:48 PM   #3
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i don't remember disabling it, infact i have no idea how to.. here is the complete error msg:

failed to set default font path 'unix/:-i'
fatal server error:
could not open default font "fixed"

i think thats how it went... i'll try your idea, but how do i enable it again? thanks
 
Old 03-19-2002, 10:04 PM   #4
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when i ran ps -ef | grep xfs nothing happened, so i san ps -ef and it gave me a list of stuff, but it froze when i types in grep xfs.. confusing me, i'm thinkin about erasing it and reinstalling
 
Old 03-31-2002, 07:41 PM   #5
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This just happend to me. How did you solve your problem?
 
Old 04-01-2002, 04:52 PM   #6
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i just formated and reinstalled. anyways..... i've tried a couple
different distros(phat, easy demo[which is on a cd... good for recovery
...i think] my fav so far is mandrake. i'm on it right now, but i'm stil having
probs with my soundcard... doesn't work.. and my networked printer, but
i still don't plan on going back to windows... i love all the things i can do
with linux... it hasn't froze on my yet... and i'm up to 7 days.... that's better
then any of my windows systems in the house! big ups to linux!
 
Old 04-01-2002, 05:34 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by deezay
i just formated and reinstalled. anyways..... i've tried a couple
different distros(phat, easy demo[which is on a cd... good for recovery
...i think] my fav so far is mandrake. i'm on it right now, but i'm stil having
probs with my soundcard... doesn't work.. and my networked printer, but
i still don't plan on going back to windows... i love all the things i can do
with linux... it hasn't froze on my yet... and i'm up to 7 days.... that's better
then any of my windows systems in the house! big ups to linux!
Windows 2000 Webserver in my office
Runing for 6 months strait with no problems

Linux Redhat 7.x
Reloded about 100 times in 6 months

Thats what makes Linux so stable its alwase geting reloaded and geting new system files replaced before they have problems

Before you flame me this was a joke but it is also the truth in my case
 
Old 04-01-2002, 07:24 PM   #8
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i don't have 2k, just 9x...
 
Old 04-01-2002, 09:18 PM   #9
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Originally posted by deezay
i don't have 2k, just 9x...
yeah 9x is unstable

but I think Linux has a ways to go before it gan take a windows 2000 system

2k is just way to stable and easy to use
 
Old 04-04-2002, 04:40 AM   #10
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Hi

edit your /etc/X!!/XF86Config-4 and comment out the line

FontPath "unix/:7100"
 
Old 04-04-2002, 09:07 PM   #11
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edit your /etc/X!!/XF86Config-4 and comment out the line

FontPath "unix/:7100"
If you do that, you are guaranteed to have problems.

In order for X windows to run properly, Linux starts a font server daemon (xfs). Usually, this is done with the "-port -1" option so that it doesn't listen on the network for font requests. Sometimes though, it's setup to use port 7000 or 7100. You should have a line in your XF86Config or XF86Config-4 file (depending on what version of XFree86 you are running) which corresponds to that font server. You will see "unix/:7100" or "unix/:-1".

Verify that your font server is running by typing the command: ps -efw | grep xfs

If you don't see something like xfs -port -1 blah blah blah, then your font server isn't running.

It's possible that you accidently turned this off thinking it was unnecessary. You should have a script named: /etc/rc.d/init.d/xfs which you use to start/stop the service:

/etc/rc.d/init.d/xfs start

In order for this to run at boot time, you have to have a link in /etc/rc.d/rc5.d called something like S35xfs which points to the init.d script. The number isn't that important, but the capital "S" is. That's what tells it to (S)tart.

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but I think Linux has a ways to go before it gan take a windows 2000 system
You can't judge a distro from the results of one computer. I can count on one hand how many times I've had to reboot Linux to fix a problem, but I couldn't even being to guess how many times I've had to reboot my win2000 machine. BTW, I've NEVER gotten a "blue" screen running Linux... can you say the same about winfroze (pick a flavor)??
 
Old 04-04-2002, 10:55 PM   #12
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Originally posted by Sixpax

If you do that, you are guaranteed to have problems.

You can't judge a distro from the results of one computer. I can count on one hand how many times I've had to reboot Linux to fix a problem, but I couldn't even being to guess how many times I've had to reboot my win2000 machine. BTW, I've NEVER gotten a "blue" screen running Linux... can you say the same about winfroze (pick a flavor)??
EXACTALLY. I've seen countless bashings of Red Hat and other distros but these are from people who cannot get them to install. These people need to realize that there are some hardware conflicts that won't allow some distros to install correctly, or if at all. And windows, don't get me started on "stability". lf I had to remember all the times I had to reboot to be able to run a prog that I just installed or to fix an internal error I would have to make up a number in the thousands, easily in the thousands. And I just love the blue screen of death in windows too... my favorite. Linux hasn't ever given me a screen like that, and it's never froze either.

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