I installed xfsft (essentially xfs + TrueType) on a Mandrake
distribution (RedHat 5.1 + KDE). I tell X to use the font server using
either "xset +fp tcp/localhost:7100" or "xset +fp unix/:7100". The font
server starts at boot time.
Problem: when I launch KDE, the X server freezes for a few minutes
before starting. I do not see any relevant error messages from KDE or
xfsft. If I omit the "xset +fp ..." KDE starts normally. Once I tell the
session to use xfsft, however, invocation of something like xfontsel
would similarly freeze the X server. After the initial freeze,
everything runs normally.
I have ruled out CPU performance (I have a P166) and too many fonts
(only 3 TT font families, and *bit is NOT one of them) as the
cause. I doubt if it is a TCP/IP issue, as I use "unix/:7100".
How would I proceed to investigate something like this? Is my use of a
laptop relevant? Thanks.