[R] "X11 font at size 16 could not be loaded":SOLVED

Laurent Gautier laurent at cbs.dtu.dk
Wed Jun 5 12:10:30 CEST 2002

On Wed, Jun 05, 2002 at 12:05:31PM +0200, Agustin Lobo wrote:
> Thanks, I had searched the 2002 and 2001 archives, your "some
> time ago" was quite a time ago.

...that's all 'relative' I assume...

> The problem was solved by adding 
>         FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi"
>         FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi"
> to /etc/X11/XF86Config
> (I had the unscaled versions:
> 	FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
>         FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
> )
> The hard point here has been relating the error message in R
> to the Helvetica fonts and the Helvetica fonts to the
> above Font paths.
> Might it be to consider that the R installation program
> check for the presence of these font paths in XF86Config ?
> Or perhaps a note in the Rinstall guide?

The font business depends on many things (and Linux is not the only
'non-windows or Mac' OS...)...

Some ditribution (ex. Mandrake) have different way to get the fonts
and it works good...
On some it screws up with Xfree4.whatever (ex. Suse)...

..I would rather think the problem is more a bug/problem in your Linux distribution than a
problem in R itself.... I let the development on that to people better informed than my humble person...


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