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Old 12-23-2002, 04:22 PM   #1
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Can't start X; "cannot open default font..."

While on-line (Netscape, KDE,PPP) my PC became unresponsive
to any input at all, I mean any. Fortunately this ended
without rebooting... but upon recovering (after cleaning
up some other matters) when I tried to run startx
it just blanks out after a moment with msgs, inter alia:
Fatal Server Error:
cannot open default font fixed
That's an approximation of part of the msg. I gleaned
elsewhere that startx (or something) needs to write
to /tmp and probably it can't do so because that space
was filled up inadvertantly by something in the freeze
time. I don't see anything unusual in /var/log
running df shows that the / is about 89 %
I download stuff to /home which is less than 20 % full
All the files named core I can find are 0 bytes in size.
I'm out of clues, even those shrouded in bogosity.
(Also I can't run slocate, that might be another thread)
And a dear relative for whom a graphical browser is
an absolute necessity (for some part of a 24 hour period)
is expected to visit... nay has arrived. Sincerely TIA odat
Old 12-23-2002, 07:10 PM   #2
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run mount and make sure all the mounts are rw


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