bitstream-vera font no longer working after upgrade to XFree86 4.4 or Xorg

Posted on 2004-10-15
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
HI All,

A while back, I was running FreeBSD 5.0 and XFree86 4.3.  I found the bitstream-vera font set and loved it.  Then I upgraded to XFree86 4.4 and all of a sudden the font that I'd become accustomed to stopped working and I started to see this in my logs:

FreeType: couldn't find encoding 'ascii-0' for '/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/bitstream-vera/VeraMoBd.ttf'

Last week, I wiped my system and reinstalled 5.2.1 and Xorg xwindowing system.  Same damn thing in my logs!  

When I try xfontsel, I see the vera fonts listed, but, when I try to preview them, nothing happens and I get another line of the error metnioned above in my logs.  I've verified that the FreeType module is loaded in my X config file for the system and all the other fonts seem to work.  I've attempted to use ttmkfontdir several times to 'fix it' as other suggestions on the net seem to hint at.  All to no avail :(

Has anyone else had this problem and over come it?

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Somehow I use xfs for font serving (like most linuxes do) with 4.9, and never seen any font problem whatsoever. (5.2.1 is beta version just as 5.0 btw)
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There are two views of font configuration - one is X-servers view, another is Xft-s view, if they differ, the font lists desync
First needs to be put as all directories with fonts.dir files into X config or xfs config
Another recognizes subdirs and is updated with fc-cache -v

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Yeah, 5.2.1 is beta but, it's working really well except for this crazy problem with the bitstream-vera font.  I've tried fc-cache -v and I've checked that the fonts dir is in the config file.  What a pain :)  When I was running xfree86 4.3 it worked really well and then the upgrade to either xfree86 4.4 or xorg and it fails.  Oh well, I'll get over it.  If you have any other ideas, that'd be great :)  Thanks again!
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cd /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/bitstream-vera

then fc-cache ,and rehash of X-server and/or xfs


simply something is really strange - I see all fonts including bitstream vera in all programs using xorg on 4.10, and I am quite sure that 5.2.1 does not break there anything

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The mkfontscale in conjunction with the fc-cache -v must have done the trick :)  After I read you comment, I ran the commands from home and then the next day, all was well again with my bitstream-vera fonts!  Thanks so much!  I wonder how it got 'wonked up' in the first place.  Thanks!
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To mess things up even more - there is third list of fonts inside ghostscript.... part of universal wysiwg too ..... :-)

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