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emacs: Cannot convert string

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I have this problem when I issue the command emacs

$ emacs prog/tnd.pl
Warning: Cannot convert string "-*-courier-medium-r-*-*-*-120-
*-*-*-*-iso8859-*" to type FontStruct
Warning: Cannot convert string "-*-helvetica-medium-r-*--*-120
-*-*-*-*-iso8859-1" to type FontStruct

emacs window opens up and the letters are all converted to squares. that is all what I can see. squares.


thanks
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by:guynumber5764
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Nobody's jumped in so...

Try
xlsfonts *-helvetica-medium-r-*--*-120-*-*-*-*-iso8859-1

that probably will not return any matching fonts.
If so,
xlsfonts | grep courier

Then
emacs -font <one of the listed fonts>
That'll get you into emacs so you can at least read the help ;).

I'm still looking into where you can change the default font for emacs.  If you figure it out, tell me.
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by:samj
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# xlsfonts *-helvetica-medium-r-*--*-120-*-*-*-*-iso8859-1
xlsfonts: pattern "*-helvetica-medium-r-*--*-120-*-*-*-*-iso8859-1" unmatched

# xlsfonts | grep courier
#

#emacs -font fixed
will open emacs and can read but not fixed the problem since #emacs still shows boxs.

after reading at http://mail.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-gnu-emacs/ 
it look to me that some font setup in the /.Xdefaults file, but I could not find this file on my system either. not sure if I have to create it and where?
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by:guynumber5764
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You and me both :)
I'm still trying to figure X configuration.  You are right that the font setup is the same (man xlsfonts for more info).  At least you have a handle on what the problem is now.

"xlsfonts | grep courier" returning no matches suggests that most of your fonts are missing.  Run "xlsfonts" alone to see what you've got.
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by:samj
ID: 9672968
# xlsfonts
-arabic-newspaper-medium-r-normal--0-0-100-100-p-0-iso10646-1
-arabic-newspaper-medium-r-normal--32-246-100-100-p-137-iso10646-1
-daewoo-gothic-medium-r-normal--0-0-100-100-c-0-ksc5601.1987-0
-daewoo-gothic-medium-r-normal--16-120-100-100-c-160-ksc5601.1987-0
-daewoo-mincho-medium-r-normal--0-0-100-100-c-0-ksc5601.1987-0
-daewoo-mincho-medium-r-normal--16-120-100-100-c-160-ksc5601.1987-0
-daewoo-mincho-medium-r-normal--24-170-100-100-c-240-ksc5601.1987-0
-isas-fangsong ti-medium-r-normal--0-0-72-72-c-0-gb2312.1980-0
-isas-fangsong ti-medium-r-normal--16-160-72-72-c-160-gb2312.1980-0
-isas-song ti-medium-r-normal--0-0-72-72-c-0-gb2312.1980-0
-isas-song ti-medium-r-normal--16-160-72-72-c-160-gb2312.1980-0
-isas-song ti-medium-r-normal--24-240-72-72-c-240-gb2312.1980-0
-jis-fixed-medium-r-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-jisx0208.1983-0
-jis-fixed-medium-r-normal--16-110-100-100-c-160-jisx0208.1983-0
-jis-fixed-medium-r-normal--16-150-75-75-c-160-jisx0208.1983-0
-jis-fixed-medium-r-normal--24-170-100-100-c-240-jisx0208.1983-0
-jis-fixed-medium-r-normal--24-230-75-75-c-240-jisx0208.1983-0
-misc-console-medium-r-normal--0-0-72-72-c-0-iso10646-1
-misc-console-medium-r-normal--16-160-72-72-c-160-iso10646-1
-misc-console-medium-r-normal--8-80-72-72-c-80-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--0-0-100-100-c-0-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--0-0-100-100-c-0-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--13-100-100-100-c-70-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--13-100-100-100-c-80-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--13-120-75-75-c-70-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--13-120-75-75-c-70-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--13-120-75-75-c-80-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--13-120-75-75-c-80-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--14-130-75-75-c-70-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--14-130-75-75-c-70-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--15-120-100-100-c-90-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--15-140-75-75-c-90-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--15-140-75-75-c-90-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--18-120-100-100-c-90-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--18-120-100-100-c-90-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-semicondensed--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-semicondensed--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-semicondensed--13-100-100-100-c-60-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-bold-r-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-o-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-o-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-o-normal--13-120-75-75-c-70-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-o-normal--13-120-75-75-c-70-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-o-normal--13-120-75-75-c-80-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-o-normal--13-120-75-75-c-80-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-o-semicondensed--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-o-semicondensed--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-o-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-o-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--0-0-100-100-c-0-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--0-0-100-100-c-0-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-jisx0201.1976-0
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-jisx0208.1983-0
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--10-100-75-75-c-60-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--10-100-75-75-c-60-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--10-70-100-100-c-60-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--13-100-100-100-c-70-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--13-100-100-100-c-80-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--13-120-75-75-c-70-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--13-120-75-75-c-70-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--13-120-75-75-c-80-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--13-120-75-75-c-80-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--14-110-100-100-c-70-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--14-130-75-75-c-140-jisx0208.1983-0
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--14-130-75-75-c-70-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--14-130-75-75-c-70-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--14-130-75-75-c-70-jisx0201.1976-0
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--15-120-100-100-c-90-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--15-140-75-75-c-90-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--15-140-75-75-c-90-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--18-120-100-100-c-90-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--18-120-100-100-c-90-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--20-140-100-100-c-100-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--20-200-75-75-c-100-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--20-200-75-75-c-100-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--7-50-100-100-c-50-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--7-70-75-75-c-50-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--7-70-75-75-c-50-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--8-60-100-100-c-50-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--8-80-75-75-c-50-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--8-80-75-75-c-50-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--9-80-100-100-c-60-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--9-90-75-75-c-60-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--9-90-75-75-c-60-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal-ja-0-0-100-100-c-0-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal-ja-0-0-75-75-c-0-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal-ja-13-120-75-75-c-120-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal-ja-18-120-100-100-c-180-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal-ko-0-0-100-100-c-0-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-normal-ko-18-120-100-100-c-180-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--12-110-75-75-c-60-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--12-110-75-75-c-60-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--12-90-100-100-c-60-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-100-100-100-c-60-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso10646-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso8859-1
-misc-nil-medium-r-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-misc-fontspecific
-misc-nil-medium-r-normal--2-20-75-75-c-10-misc-fontspecific
-mutt-clearlyu alternate glyphs-medium-r-normal--0-0-100-100-p-0-iso10646-1
-mutt-clearlyu alternate glyphs-medium-r-normal--17-120-100-100-p-91-iso10646-1
-mutt-clearlyu arabic extra-medium-r-normal--0-0-100-100-p-0-fontspecific-0
-mutt-clearlyu arabic extra-medium-r-normal--17-120-100-100-p-103-fontspecific-0
-mutt-clearlyu ligature-medium-r-normal--0-0-100-100-p-0-fontspecific-0
-mutt-clearlyu ligature-medium-r-normal--17-120-100-100-p-141-fontspecific-0
-mutt-clearlyu pua-medium-r-normal--0-0-100-100-p-0-iso10646-1
-mutt-clearlyu pua-medium-r-normal--17-120-100-100-p-110-iso10646-1
-mutt-clearlyu-medium-r-normal--0-0-100-100-p-0-iso10646-1
-mutt-clearlyu-medium-r-normal--17-120-100-100-p-124-iso10646-1
-schumacher-clean-bold-r-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-bold-r-normal--10-100-75-75-c-60-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-bold-r-normal--10-100-75-75-c-80-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-bold-r-normal--12-120-75-75-c-60-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-bold-r-normal--12-120-75-75-c-80-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-bold-r-normal--13-130-75-75-c-80-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-bold-r-normal--14-140-75-75-c-80-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-bold-r-normal--15-150-75-75-c-90-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-bold-r-normal--16-160-75-75-c-80-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-bold-r-normal--8-80-75-75-c-80-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-i-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-i-normal--12-120-75-75-c-60-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-i-normal--8-80-75-75-c-80-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--10-100-75-75-c-50-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--10-100-75-75-c-60-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--10-100-75-75-c-70-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--10-100-75-75-c-80-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--12-120-75-75-c-60-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--12-120-75-75-c-70-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--12-120-75-75-c-80-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--13-130-75-75-c-60-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--13-130-75-75-c-80-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--14-140-75-75-c-70-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--14-140-75-75-c-80-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--15-150-75-75-c-90-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--16-160-75-75-c-80-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--6-60-75-75-c-40-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--6-60-75-75-c-50-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--6-60-75-75-c-60-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--8-80-75-75-c-50-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--8-80-75-75-c-60-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--8-80-75-75-c-70-iso646.1991-irv
-schumacher-clean-medium-r-normal--8-80-75-75-c-80-iso646.1991-irv
-sony-fixed-medium-r-normal--0-0-100-100-c-0-iso8859-1
-sony-fixed-medium-r-normal--0-0-100-100-c-0-jisx0201.1976-0
-sony-fixed-medium-r-normal--16-120-100-100-c-80-iso8859-1
-sony-fixed-medium-r-normal--16-120-100-100-c-80-jisx0201.1976-0
-sony-fixed-medium-r-normal--16-150-75-75-c-80-iso8859-1
-sony-fixed-medium-r-normal--16-150-75-75-c-80-jisx0201.1976-0
-sony-fixed-medium-r-normal--24-170-100-100-c-120-iso8859-1
-sony-fixed-medium-r-normal--24-170-100-100-c-120-jisx0201.1976-0
-sony-fixed-medium-r-normal--24-230-75-75-c-120-iso8859-1
-sony-fixed-medium-r-normal--24-230-75-75-c-120-jisx0201.1976-0
-sun-open look cursor-----0-0-75-75-p-0-sunolcursor-1
-sun-open look cursor-----12-120-75-75-p-160-sunolcursor-1
-sun-open look glyph-----0-0-75-75-p-0-sunolglyph-1
-sun-open look glyph-----10-100-75-75-p-101-sunolglyph-1
-sun-open look glyph-----12-120-75-75-p-113-sunolglyph-1
-sun-open look glyph-----14-140-75-75-p-128-sunolglyph-1
-sun-open look glyph-----19-190-75-75-p-154-sunolglyph-1
10x20
12x24
12x24kana
12x24romankana
5x7
5x8
6x10
6x12
6x13
6x13bold
6x9
7x13
7x13bold
7x14
7x14bold
8x13
8x13bold
8x16
8x16kana
8x16romankana
9x15
9x15bold
a14
cursor
decw$cursor
decw$session
fixed
hanzigb16fs
hanzigb16st
hanzigb24st
k14
kana14
kanji16
kanji24
micro
nil2
olcursor
olglyph-10
olglyph-12
olglyph-14
olglyph-19
r14
r16
r24
rk14
rk16
rk24
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by:guynumber5764
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Yup.   There's a whole snotload of fonts missing.  

try reinstalling your fonts
XFree86-100dpi-fonts-4.3-5mdk.i586.rpm
for example.

My system works fine and has the following font packages installed...

100dpi/  75dpi/  encodings/  fonts.cache-1  mdk/  misc/  Speedo/  TTF/  Type1/
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by:samj
ID: 9673495
using Debian with kernel 2.4.21
hummm.. what package do I need to install

I have gsfonts 6.0-2 installed which is a Fonts for the ghostscript interperter.

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by:samj
ID: 9673561
why cann't I use one of the fonts allready on my system instead of installing more fonts? how can I do that?
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by:guynumber5764
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The 100dpi font package listed above would probably work.
You probably can use one of the ones already on your system but I have no idea how you would go about it.  You could try searching for information on X11 or by going to the Debian website.
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by:samj
ID: 9689214
I fixed it.

I found this file ( /usr/share/apps/kdisplay/app-defaults/Emacs.ad )
with this info

Emacs.default.attributeForeground: WINDOW_FOREGROUND
Emacs.default.attributeBackground: WINDOW_BACKGROUND

Emacs*Foreground:     WINDOW_FOREGROUND
Emacs*Background:     WINDOW_BACKGROUND
Emacs*menubar*foreground: FOREGROUND
Emacs*menubar*background: BACKGROUND
Emacs*popup*Foreground:     FOREGROUND
Emacs*popup*Background:     BACKGROUND
Emacs*Dialog*foreground: FOREGROUND
Emacs*Dialog*background: BACKGROUND
Emacs*XlwScrollBar.Foreground: FOREGROUND
Emacs*XlwScrollBar.Background: BACKGROUND
Emacs*topToolBarShadowColor: BACKGROUND
Emacs*bottomToolBarShadowColor: BACKGROUND
Emacs*backgroundToolBarColor: BACKGROUND
Emacs*toolBarShadowThickness: 0

!Emacs*font:         FIXED_FONT
!Emacs*menubar*Font:     FONT
!Emacs*popup*Font:     FONT
!Emacs*Dialog*Font:     FONT
!Emacs.default.attributeFont: FIXED_FONT


I changed the last group of lines to

Emacs*font:         FIXED_FONT
Emacs*menubar*Font:     FIXED_FONT
Emacs*popup*Font:     FIXED_FONT
Emacs*Dialog*Font:     FIXED_FONT
Emacs.default.attributeFont: FIXED_FONT

that fixed the problem

thanks


p.s.
I will pdq and refund if you are ok with that?

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I'm fine with a PAQ ...good work!

As observed above, you may wish to address the missing fonts 'cause it's going to bite you somewhere else.
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