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Bug#378917: x11-common: Some X programs fail if xfs is not installed



Package: x11-common
Version: 1:7.0.20
Severity: normal

When the xfs package is not installed, certain programs, such as xfd
and emacs, generate the error message "Unable to load any usable
ISO8859 font".  Others, such as xterm, rxvt, and Firefox, work fine
even if xfs is not installed.

I don't think that X programs should rely on the presence of a font
server, but if they do, the error message should be changed to
something along the line of "Unable to connect to font server" or
"xfs not running."

The "files" section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf on my system is:

Section "Files"
	FontPath	"unix/:7100"			# local font server
	# if the local font server has problems, we can fall back on these
	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1"
	FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/X11/CID"
	FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/CID"
	FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo"
	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc"
	FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc"
	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic"
	FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi"
	FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi"
	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi"
	FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi"
EndSection


-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.4.29
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)

Versions of packages x11-common depends on:
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]         1.5.1      Debian configuration management sy
ii  debianutils                   2.15.2     Miscellaneous utilities specific t
ii  lsb-base                      3.0-12     Linux Standard Base 3.0 init scrip

x11-common recommends no packages.

-- debconf information excluded



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