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Old 09-04-2003, 03:21 PM   #1
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truetype fonts fail to display in any user but root...

Hello. I'm pretty new to Linux (last time I tried it I used an old redhat 6.1 cd - i think), but a few days ago I got myself Slackware 9. Since, I have installed the NVIDIA display drivers for my GF3, downloaded the kernel source for 2.4.21, patched it to 2.4.22, added the ntfs patch, recompiled and upgraded my kernel.

Then I decided I wanted some decent fonts in X. So, following some instructions somewhere, I downloaded myself the freetype 2.1.5rc1 sources, and enabled the bytecode interpreter. Then I compiled and installed it to both /usr and /usr/X11R6 . I then used the KDE font installer to add truetype fonts from my winxp partition. Having rebooted a bit, and set the screensize parameter, they seemed to work nicely. However, I then tried them from another user I created (all that above stuff was with root), and found that all the new TTFs just showed up as the 'no character' blocks.

I have tried uninstalling freetype, reinstalling it, reinstalling the fonts and a bunch of other crap, but nothing has worked. Oh, and the nightly build of firebird I put in /usr/share only seems to work from admin too. And there are some "drawing errors" present in X's output after I quit it when I am not root. I didn't see any graphical problems (apart from the missing fonts)..

Any ideas?
Old 09-04-2003, 06:56 PM   #2
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could be a permissions problem. Did you try see if your /usr/share/fonts directory (or whereever the fonts are installed) has read permissions set for non-root users all the way down the tree? If not you can do this by chmod -R a+r /usr/share/fonts

From what you say, it sounds like you were running KDE as root when you were installing the fonts and freetype. That might be part of the problem - you should never run kde as root anyway; run it as a normal user and just type in the root password when it asks for it.

What exactly is the problem with firebird?
Old 09-05-2003, 11:14 AM   #3
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Thankyou for your reply. Using font installer while not in root helped - I reinstalled the fonts this way, and after a bit of fiddling they work fine. As for firebird, I think the it wanted the fonts - it works now too.


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