SUMMARY: dtlogin / xset / bad font path element

From: Geoff Lane <>
Date: Wed Jan 16 2002 - 03:59:16 EST
All respondents suggested reading the manual page for xset :-) 

Subsequent events suggest that the xset warnings were not the cause of the
dtlogin problem described.  A short time after I sent the original message
to sunmanagers dtlogin crashed; when restarted the login problem had gone
away.  It's possible that there is a bug in dtlogin's child management
(suggested by the "Warning: Null child found in argument list to unmanage"
message immediately followed by a segmentation violation error.)

Thanks to all who supplied suggestions. I include Noel Hunt's message below
as it's of general interest to anyone with font problems...

"But to find out what's in your font path, use `xset q'. Several sections of
data are output. The font path is towards the end. This will be a series of
directory names separated by commas:

Font Path:

You have not have so many, that isn't important. Each directory
though has to be `well-formed' in an X11 font sense. Each directory
must contain a file `fonts.dir'; it may also have `fonts.alias'.
These of course have to be constructed correctly. If its not
obvious which directory is causing problems, I suppose you could
strip the path down and add elements back one by one with
`xset fp+ dir/' (trailing /)."

Original message....

On a Sol8 system, dtlogin has started to misbehave and will not accept new
logins -- attempts to login to CDE return to the login screen or the
network connection is terminated.

In /var/dt/Xerrors I have multiple entries like...

/usr/openwin/bin/xset:  bad font path element (#37), possible causes are:
    Directory does not exist or has wrong permissions
    Directory missing fonts.dir
    Incorrect font server address or syntax
Warning: Null child found in argument list to unmanage
dtlogin: received signal 11

Ok, how do I find the "bad font path element" and fix it?  Where are the
clues that tell me which directories or config files to look in and what am
I looking for?

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