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bug#30655: xset(1) not accepting symlink to font path

From: Alex Kost
Subject: bug#30655: xset(1) not accepting symlink to font path
Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2018 20:47:02 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.3 (gnu/linux)

Marco van Hulten (2018-02-28 22:54 +0100) wrote:

> Hello,
> When I follow the manual at
> https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual/html_node/Application-Setup.html#X11-Fonts
>  ,
> I get the message that there is something wrong with the directory I'm
> trying to add it:
> address@hidden ~$ xset +fp ~/.guix-profile/share/fonts/truetype
> xset:  bad font path element (#0), possible causes are:
>     Directory does not exist or has wrong permissions
>     Directory missing fonts.dir
>     Incorrect font server address or syntax
> address@hidden ~$ ls -l ~/.guix-profile/share/fonts/truetype/fonts.dir 
> lrwxrwxrwx 2 root root 84 Jan 1 1970
> /home/gast/.guix-profile/share/fonts/truetype/fonts.dir ->
> /gnu/store/5kp6hj8mk6pgfl4x3cgabl7z379jyyrl-fonts-dir/share/fonts/truetype/fonts.dir
> address@hidden ~$ xset +fp 
> /gnu/store/5kp6hj8mk6pgfl4x3cgabl7z379jyyrl-fonts-dir/share/fonts/truetype
> The last command exits with code 0.  Apparently, xset(1) does not want
> me to add symlink(2)s that point to valid directories.

Sounds familiar.  I recall I dealt with this problem some time ago.  In
short, it was introduced by one of the dependencies of X server


X server allowed to use symlinks for fonts before that commit,
but not anymore.

I fixed it on my side simply by making 'my-xorg-server' package
that uses a "fixed" version of libxfont (that supports symlinks).

If anyone is interested, I also wrote a descriptive commit message here:



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