font problem with vnc and bakbones netvault
cbeerse "at" lycos.nl
Wed Jun 30 10:54:00 2004
Olaf Joerk wrote:
> we use VNC for remote administration on several
> linux boxes from NT laptops. So far so good.
> Our only problem is, that when starting netvaults
> gui, we see dotted squares instead of menu texts.
> The texts of some other elements were shown.
> When using the same gui from the console we
> see the normal menus etc.
> So it seems to me that it is a problem of fonts of VNC.
> I tried a little with fontpaths but I was unsuccessful.
The basic here is to copy the fontpath form a working display.
If you have a working display at the console of the vnc-server machine, then use
`xset -q` to see the used fontpath there.
Now you can use `xset` inside the vnc session to update the fontpath live until
you have a suitable one. See `man xset` for how to update the fontpath. Be
carefull not to remove the entire fontpath, you will see no fonts at all.....
Once you have a working fontpath, you can update the `vncserver` script to set
the working fontpath, or otherwise update the way Xvnc is started.
> I saw in the archives a hint to use a font server.
> I contacted the admin who got this response and he
> wrote me that it did not help.
If the fontpath on the console is something like machinename:7100, then there is
a fontserver running at that machine and you can use that.
> Any ideas ? Thanks in advance.
BE NOTED: Xvnc is a verry basic X-server and cannot handle all fonts! Specially
if you use font-directories, fonts are not translated and hence might not work
at all. Some fontservers can/do translate fonts for Xvnc and hence might get
In the end, you might be helped with a X0vncserver like the one now available
with the new version.