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Installing X

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On Fri, 3 May 2002, Drew Taylor wrote:

> I just installed the RPMs w/o deps and it still doesn't work. I'll play 

   Were there deps other than DRM and Xaw3d?  Usually XFree depends on 
things like xfs, libs, base-fonts, etc.  Not having these things would 
immediately explain the problem. 

> I'm getting closer! Now when I run startx I get an error saying can't find 
> default font fixed. Here's the output from startx. Any ideas where I can 
> get the fixed font RPM? The search interface for is not too 
> helpful in this respect.

   You'll need to have XFree86-base-fonts and XFree86-xfs installed, at a 
minimum.  You could skip xfs, but you have to remember to adjust your 
FonPath to compensate.

> XFree86 Version 4.2.0 (Red Hat Linux release: 4.2.0-7) / X Window System

   This appears to be the rawhide version.  I don't know that it's broken 
in any way, but you might want to grab the skipjack version (-52) just in 
case.  This won't help your current situation, but it might avoid other 

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