yet another Xserver Failed to load default font 'fixed' thread (nothing seems to fix)
sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong spot, I'm new to actually posting something)
How I got where I am:
In hopes to get beryl running, I attempted to upgrade xorg to 7.0 (following the beryl wiki for slackware) When I went to run xserver and had a HUGE list of version conflicts. Got aggravated with it so I decided to re-install without ANY Xserver packages
over a few days I installed the latest (stable) versions of the following
installed ALL most recent versions of protos given by xorg
installed ALL most recent libs given by xorg
installed Xserver 7.2
installed ALL most recent utils given by xorg
installed ALL most recent fonts given by xorg
set IPV6 module to load in rc.d
I ran xorgconfig which gave me error about xkb rules missing, I reinstalled all xkb packages in hopes to fix it, but no fix. I ended up copying the "rules" folder from a system that works and it made it through with only minor error) intending to deal with it later)
installed NVIDIA driver (v1.9755)
FINALLY, I get to run xserver but wait
when I go to run xserver, I get the NVIDIA logo on the screen, then it stops with
"Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed'"
I checked the FontPaths to make sure they were correct, I checked the fonts.alias file inside of the /fonts/misc folder to make sure "fixed" was declared...it is.
after reading up on it, I found a few things with xfs and fontconfig
fc-cache runs successfully
fc-cat gives me a bunch of random information
fc-list gives me a list of fonts. this list doesn't contain 'fixed' BUT, from what I read, Xserver runs it's own font server, and if I'm not mistaken, should not be dependent on font config
I think perhaps it has something to do with xfs but then everything I read says xfs does not need to be running for xserver to use fonts (is that really true?)
as a last hope, I took one of the names of the fonts which font config (fc-list) finds
X -fn Courier:style=Bold
which then returned same fatal error except the default font name it couldn't load was 'Courier:style=Bold'
also tried X -fn Courier again - not able to load 'Courier'
can see my log file here
my config file here
and the font.alias file located in /usr/local/lib/X11/fonts/misc
I'm really at a complete loss usually a few to many google searches and I get my problem solved, but every google search is leading me to the same useless "fixes" apt-get (BAH!) invalid font directory and fc-cache(HUH?! (no..running that did not work))
thank you much in advance and if someone actually guides me into a better direction than I'm going in THANK YOU especially)
P.S. sorry for being wordy, I just realize that the more details I can give, the better and never realize how much it too much