Re: Dead Machine & 2.1.131

Paul Jakma (
Fri, 4 Dec 1998 23:13:45 +0000 (GMT)

On Fri, 4 Dec 1998, Michael K Vance wrote:

> Hello,
> And to keep following up on my own posts before I see any reponses =), it was
> MOST certainly xfstt killing my machine. First it would cause random X lockups
> after usage, then it would kill my machine when xdm tried to startup my
> session. Removing the xfstt related lines from .xsession/.xinitrc solved the
> problem totally.
> It was still quite nasty... I'm disappointed that a user-space program
> interacting closely with X was able to bring my machine down

Are you sure your machine was *totally* locked up?

I've had this problem with xfstt aswell - X totally locked up. But the
machine is still going. It appears that xfstt can't handle some TT
fonts, so eg X requests a font, xfstt can't handle it and never get's
back to the X server. The X server waits an indeterminate time for a
response from the font server.. and so appears hung.

I've since switched to xfsft, an font server based on the free type
library, which hasn't given me any trouble at all. Also, as it's the
original xfs with true type support added, it can also serve your other
X fonts, so you can replace xfs with it. Configuration is exactly like
xfs aswell.


Paul Jakma
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