Re: Please help - I can't start AbiWord

From: Bronislaw Baraniecki (
Date: Sun Apr 14 2002 - 09:08:05 EDT

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    Dnia sob 13. kwiecień 2002 21:49, napisałeś:
    > Hi Bronek!
    > Yes it's RedHat, although Skipjack beta2.
    > And I use the i686-0.99.5 (+ fonts) RPM's from Savannah.
    > Even if I run from command-line mode, I get no error message output
    > before AbiWord is closed (except for the gtk-messages as described
    > before).

    I can't see what kind of help you realy need. Will try step by step down
    of this poste.

    Did you installed bothe, the abiword-0.99.5 and abiword-fonts-0.99.5
    packages from RPM's? If not, I think you should do it. But if you
    allready installed it this way, then

    what is your system LANG envirement? What fonts encodings is used? Please
    check /etc/sysconfig/i18n file. If there is something like
    LANG="en_US:en" then font encoding is ISO-8859-1. This means, as I
    understand, that there should not be any problem. But you complain
    anyway. So go farther down

    > > > First time I start Abi I only get the "could not add it's typefaces
    > > > to the X font path". That's all, I just have to press OK and
    > > > everything works OK from then.
    > > > However I do indeed have the > load
    > > > "type1" < string included in the /etc/X11/XF86config-4 file. I run

    If there is a string under "Modules" Section with a Label "type1" so it's

    > > > the I run the command $ /usr/sbin/chkfontpath -a
    > > > /usr/share/AbiSuite/fonts and it says something like "it's already
    > > > there".

    Fantastic, that means you realy have fonts! You can also check on
    console/xterm by "ls -aF /usr/share/AbiSuite/fonts" to be absolutely
    shure you've got them.

    If my thinking is correct, you should also include a path to abiword fonts
    dir in xfontserver config file et /etc/X11/fs/config. To do this, open
    /etc/X11/fs/config file (first beckup this file) in your editor and check
    if there is line:
    "catalog= ...........,
    If not allready there, write it down and do not forget to put a coma at
    the end of line! It is important, but only if this is not a last line,
    othewise left it without coma.
    Save the file and close it. Restart xfs, as root by calling a command
    /etc/rc.d/init.d/xfs restart. Next restart AbiWord.

    > > >
    > > > After reboot though, when starting AbiWord I get the message:
    > > > "could not find any local fonts files in the font path".

    Don't bother yourself by this messge. First open the fonts combo box by a
    click on the down arrow. You should see there all your fonts by names.
    Then try to write down anything in an open document window. If you can
    see letters and words, then please send a doc to a printer to check if
    everything is OK.

    If so, then go and click to upper menu "tools", next click "Options" (or
    maybe "preferences"), and in the Options popup window, under
    "scheme&preferences" card uncheck a box named "show startup warnings
    about fonts". Close the popup window, quit the AbiWord. Next time you
    start abiword, there chould be no more message like the one above.

    > > > However, this time I run the command $
    > > > /usr/sbin/chkfontpath -a
    > > > /usr/share/AbiSuite/fonts it says: "chkfontpath: error opening
    > > > /usr/share/AbiSuite/fonts/fonts.dir" What does that mean? Is there
    > > > supoosed to be a file there called "fonts.dir"? How do I create it?

    Youre right, there should (must) be a file "fonts.dir", there also should
    be another file called "fonts.scale". If you installed abiword and
    abiword-fonts from RPM packages, as you said, so both files should
    allready be there and you have nothing to do with them. But, if you
    cannot see/find there those files, there must be something wrong with
    your abiword installation.

    Of course there is a simple way to create this files by using "ttmkfdir"
    tool, but this is only needed in case you have installed your own fonts.
    If what you have said is true, then these files should be there.

    Here are attached two abiword docs (if you don't have them allready),
    please read them troughout carefuly.

    Good luck,


    Bronislaw B. Baraniecki;
    A wargi twe jak czapla pragną jadła...(Hipponaks)

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