RE: abiword dies before splash screen.

Subject: RE: abiword dies before splash screen.
From: Rui Miguel Seabra (
Date: Mon Nov 12 2001 - 08:00:26 CST

On Mon, 2001-11-12 at 13:32, Tomas Frydrych wrote:
> I do not think this is a good idea; we should not modify the user's
> XF86Config behind the user's back. Quite appart from the potential
> for a serious screw up this creates (XF86Config is a can of worms),
> it just does not feel right.

I agree with this.

> I do agree that we need to find a smooth way of dealing with this,
> even though this _is_ a RH misconfiguration problem which affects
> not only AW and of which RH has been aware for a long time.

I can put cat <<EOF in the post install alerting the user for it.

> There is one thing that I do not get; did you guys use to run AW via
> the wrapper script, or did you call it directly, with the fontpath
> added in some other way? According to the RH and our bug
> reports xset should also not be working, in which case you should
> have been getting the same behaviour with the wrapper script (I did
> nothing more than moved the XSetFontPath call from the wrapper
> script into the AW executable).

I've always used the wrapper script.

> So, is the RH wrapper script different than the normal Unix wrapper
> script, or has RH 7 got a patched version of xset, or did it use to
> work for some different reason yet? Basically, we have to find a
> way to set the font path on RH 7, but it will take someone with RH
> 7 to work this out.

The problem here is that we're having X have fonts through the x font
server instead of having X handle fonts.

However, RH's default XF86Config-4 config file does not allow (by lack
of loading the font handling modules) to use xset (because for that you
need X handling fonts, and not the x font server).

RH should load the modules by default, because they do not take that
much more memory and so it won't break the usage of xset.

ON RH 7.x, and 6.2, I believe as well, you have to add the abiword fonts
to the font server config, and restart it.

Hugs, rms

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