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Re: Problem with string to fontset conversion

From: Kim F. Storm
Subject: Re: Problem with string to fontset conversion
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2005 23:46:04 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>> $ ./missfonts
>> $ ./missfonts -*-helvetica-medium-r-*--*-120-*-*-*-*-*-*,*
>> Missing 0: ISO8859-1
>> $ ./missfonts -*-helvetica-medium-r-*--*-120-*-*-*-*,*
>> Missing 0: ISO8859-1
>> The xfs configuration doesn't list any ISO8859-1 fonts:
>> Somewhere, specifying UTF-8 requires ISO8859-1 ?
> So it seems the utf-8 locale doesn't only use the iso8859-1 charset but
> specifies to fail if it's missing.  That's OK.  Now why does your libXt
> think you don't have any font that covers iso8859-1?  Even if you don't have
> any iso8859-1 font, an iso10646-1 font should do the trick since it also
> covers iso8859-1.

Beats me...

> And your xlsfonts showed you have
>   -adobe-helvetica-medium-r-normal--12-120-75-75-p-67-iso8859-1

Indeed.  FYI:

emacs -q -xrm "Emacs*fontSet: 
Warning: Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion

>> So it looks like a local installation problem with missing the
>> ISO8859-1 fonts.  I don't understand this as I installed _everything_
>> from the redhat 9.0 disks IIRC, and not installing the -1 fonts in any
>> case seems very odd.
> Can you check the xfs log (is there such a thing?), see if it complains
> about something?

It is set to use syslog, but there is nothing relevant there.

> What does
>      xterm -fn -adobe-helvetica-medium-r-normal--12-120-75-75-p-67-iso8859-1
> do and/or say?

It starts an xterm without giving any error output.
But the font looks quite odd (tiny, and widely spaced).

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