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Bug#183606: Symbol FontFilePriorityRegisterRenderer in libxtt.a unresolved

retitle 183606 xserver-xfree86: [xtt] symbol FontFilePriorityRegisterRenderer in libxtt.a unresolved
severity 183606 important
merge 182687 183606

This bug has been reported seven times already.

On Wed, Mar 05, 2003 at 01:21:33AM -0600, Jonathan Koren wrote:
> Severity: critical
> Justification: breaks unrelated software

Your diagnosis is inaccurate, and/or your understanding of "breaks
unrelated software" would mean that most bugs filed against the X server
would be of critical severity.  If that were the case, XFree86 could not
even be part of a Debian release, as it has many upstream bugs that
would be "critical" by your definition.

> The xserver crashes and refuses to start because of an unresolved symbol in
> libxtt.a.  Not loading xtt is a workaround, but not really a solution.

You can use the freetype module, downgrade to testing, or use my
experimental release of 4.2.1-7, available at the X Strike Force, and
which is known to resolve this problem..

[This is a form letter.]


You recently filed a duplicate bug report against Debian's XFree86
packages; that is, the problem had already been reported.

While there is often nothing inherently wrong with doing so, the filing of
duplicate reports can cause Debian package maintainers to spend time
performing triage and maintenance operations on bug reports (e.g.,
instructing the Debian Bug Tracking System to merge the duplicates) that
could otherwise be spent resolving problems and doing other work on the

One very good way to file bugs with the Debian Bug Tracking System is to
use the "reportbug" package and command of the same name.  A very nice
feature of reportbug is that, if the machine where you run it has network
access to the World Wide Web, it can query the Debian Bug Tracking System
and show you existing reports.  This reduces the chance that you'll file a
duplicate report, and offers you the option of adding follow-up information
to an existing bug report.  This is especially valuable if you have unique
information to add to an existing report, because this way information
relevant to the problem is gathered together in one place as opposed to
being scattered among multiple, duplicate bug reports where some facts may
be overlooked by the package maintainers.  The reportbug program also does
a lot of automatic information-gathering that helps package maintainers to
understand your system configuration, and also ensures that your message to
the Debian Bug Tracking System is well-formed so that it is processed
correctly by the automated tools that manage the reports.  (If you've ever
gotten a "bounce" message from the Debian Bug Tracking System that tells
you your message couldn't be processed, you might appreciate this latter

Therefore, I strongly urge you to give "reportbug" a try as your primary
bug reporting tool for the Debian System.

One way to install reportbug is with "apt-get"; for

  $ apt-get install reportbug

The "reportbug" command has a few different modes that cater to different
levels of user expertise.  If this message has contained a lot of jargon
that is unfamiliar to you, you likely want to use reportbug's "novice"
mode; here's one way to do that.

  $ reportbug --mode=novice
  Please enter the name of the package in which you have found a problem,
  or type 'other' to report a more general problem.

If you're more sophisticated, or if you are not using the released version
of Debian ("stable"), but instead Debian "testing" or "unstable", you
should use reportbug's standard mode.

  $ reportbug
  Please enter the name of the package in which you have found a problem,
  or type 'other' to report a more general problem.

The reportbug command is extensively documented in its usage message and
manual page.  Commands to view these pieces of documentation are:

  $ reportbug --help | more
  $ man reportbug

(The output of the above commands has been omitted from this message.)

Thanks for using the Debian system!

G. Branden Robinson                |
Debian GNU/Linux                   |         De minimis non curat lex.
branden@debian.org                 |
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |

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