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Sunday, June 2nd, 2002

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hi new to the community, i am a slackware user, have been using linux for a few years now, etc.
current projects include some code breaking, setting up a cluster, and building a router by next saturday.

The cluster is gonna be lame, but it gives me something to do.

Having some kind of font problem
Up to a challenge?

I'm having some sort of funky font problem. My system is a Celeron at 450 mHZ, 192 megs of RAM, Nvidia Riva TNT1 video card (with Linux driver package) running Debian Testing and Enlightenment.

When I run certain programs, I get an odd font error, like so:

~> xmix
Warning: Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion
Warning: Unable to load any usable fontset

The program still runs, but I get that error in the console from which I launched it.

With Mozilla, it takes this form, repeated over and over:

Gdk-WARNING **: Missing charsets in FontSet creation

Gdk-WARNING **: ISO8859-1

In association with this problem, I find that Eterm no longer works for me. When I start Eterm, the terminal appears, with the background image intact...but it just freezes. No cursor appears, no menu functions, nothing. I've had to switch to using xterm again.

Edit: And, as I just now managed to confirm, sometimes running Eterm this way crashes X and locks up my machine entirely, to the point where I have to shut down and reboot/fsck to bring it back up. Sigh.

It used to be that I had this problem only when I mounted my Windows partition at boot--leading me to guess that something was trying to read that drive for fonts and having a problem. When I left it unmounted at boot, the font errors did not happen and Eterm ran fine. But when I recently apt-get upgraded my Debian distro, it started happening regardless of whether I mounted my windows partition or not.

The folks at my local Linux User Group were stumped, and this thing is driving me up the wall. Can someone suggest a fix to the problem?

Current Mood: frustrated
Another odd Linux problem
Whenever I switch from Enlightenment to one of the text consoles, I cannot switch back. If I hit control F7, or use the arrow keys to move to where the X session should be, the console just freezes. The only way out is to hit Control Alt Delete to reboot.

Any idea what could be causing this?

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