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Bug#253806: xvfb: Xvfb fails to start: could not open default font 'fixed'

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On Fri, Jun 11, 2004 at 10:16:04AM +0200, Floris Kraak wrote:
> Package: xvfb
> Version: 4.3.0.dfsg.1-4
> Severity: important
> Xvfb fails to start, complaining about the 'fixed' font. The recommendations
> made in /usr/share/doc/xfree86-common/FAQ.gz have been followed as suggested
> by the package, (including checking font dirs in /etc/XF86Config and 
> reinstalling xfonts-base) but to no avail. Using strace yields the information 
> that Xvfb _is_ reading the fonts.dir where the 'fixed' font is supposed to be 
> living but somehow still fails to find the actual font.
> open("/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/fonts.alias", O_RDONLY) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)

There's your problem.

I suspect xfonts-base failed to configure; another package which
dumps fonts into /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc failed to configure; or
another package which dumps fonts into /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc is
horrendously broken.

I have a few questions that may help track the problem down:

1) What does "dpkg -s xfonts-base" say?
2) If you reinstall xfonts-base, does the problem go away?
3) Are any other packages shipping files in
     dpkg -S usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc
4) Is anything other than an official Debian package putting stuff in

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