Friday, June 16, 2006

Fixing VNC server problems after an X.Org upgrade

Wow. What a diifcult problem to fix. Hundreds of links purporting to have the answer and one that was right but screwed up the file location.

The problem comes about after an upgrade from XFree86 to X.Org on Debian (but appears to affect other distros too).

When attempting to fire up a VNC server, the following error is reported in the VNC log:

Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed'

This Ubuntu forum post suggested a fix that was the right fix but contained a typo in the ln command. The correct fix is below:

cd /usr/X11R6/lib/X11
rm -r fonts
sudo ln -s /usr/share/fonts/X11 fonts


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