fluxbox woes

Peter B. Steiger pbs_lists_001 at bluebottle.com
Mon Sep 10 14:53:04 PDT 2007

On Mon, 2007-09-10 at 11:29 -0700, Dan Nicholson wrote:
> mkfontscale /usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc
> mkfontdir /usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc 

Well, my fonts (unlike a lot of stuff I customized) were in the right
place and had the appropriate fonts.alias files and suchlike; just in
case I went ahead and re-ran mkfontscale and mkfontdir on each directory
but it didn't help.

I was bracing myself to uninstall X and reinstall it a third time, this
time not changing so much as one byte from the book, and to prepare for
that I started reading the whole blfs book from top to bottom to see if
there were any libraries or utilities I had forgotten to install along
the way.

I got to the section on fontconfig, where it says to make a symbolic
link from /usr/X11R7/lib/X11/fonts/OTF and TTF to /usr/share/fonts...
and that's when the light bulb finally glimmered on, three days late.  I
had installed fontconfig before X, so I planned to go back afterwards
and make those links... and totally forgot.

When I set up the links, suddenly everything works.  Go figure!  I don't
even rate power user... power imbecile is more like it.

Peter B. Steiger
Cheyenne, WY

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