X won't start "could not find font 'fixed'"

X won't start "could not find font 'fixed'"

Post by Adhamh Findla » Thu, 24 May 2001 23:22:47


I just reinstalled Solaris 8 on a new Blade 100.  When the system boots
I get an error that it can't connect to display:0, and X won't start.  

When I try to run xinit at the command line I get and fatal server error
that the font 'fixed' could not be found.  All of the fontpaths appear
to be setup correctly.

Also, when I try to start xfs at the command line I get another fatal
error saying that No listening sockets established, ListenTransCount=0
errno=125.  fsadmin tells me that xfs is set to startup from inetd...

Does anyone have suggestions on how to fix this?  I'm starting to rip my
hair out...


Adhamh Findlay


1. Error when starting X: "couldn't open default font 'fixed'"

Hey all.  I've just installed XFree86 over my Red Hat 4.1.  I have a
Matrox Millenium 2 (4Mb) card, and I ran Xconfigurator to create my
XF86Config file.

  When trying to run startx, I get the following message:

Couldn't load XKB keymap, falling back to pre-XKB keymap
failed to set default font path '/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/,
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1, /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo,
Fatal server error:
couldn't open default font 'fixed'

  After looking at some documentation on the XF86Config file, I checked to
make sure all of the directories
    misc, Type1, Speedo, and 75dpi   existed, and they did.  After more
reading, I ran mkfontdir on each of these directories.

  Still no luck...

  Any suggestions?  Thanks for your help!!

  ALSO!  I was going to try running XF86Setup, however, it gives me an error
telling me to set an environment variable for XWINHOME equal to the parent
directory of XFree86's bin directory.  How do I do that so that I can run

  Thanks again!

  - Jeff M. Coon

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