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Bug 78697 - unreadable font in dialog
Summary: unreadable font in dialog
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 74911
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: ncurses
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Eido Inoue
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-11-27 18:26 UTC by matteo porta
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:48 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2006-02-21 18:50:13 UTC

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Description matteo porta 2002-11-27 18:26:27 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0; .NET CLR 

Description of problem:
while trying to install the nvidia proprietary xfree drivers the xserver didn't 
start up. i got a error dialog saying:
"i cannot start the x server (your graphical interface). it is likely...etc etc"
this dialog had ok and cancel buttons. well i think they were ok and cancel 
buttons because the text was unreadable... choosing the one on the right closed 
the dialog.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. misconfigure appropiately your xfree server
2. reboot your rh8

Additional info:

Comment 1 Michael Lee Yohe 2002-11-27 19:55:37 UTC
Is this due to the video data corruption due to attempted invokation of the
nVidia driver on your system?

Otherwise - you might wish to refer to Bug 78616 - since nVidia _does_ invoke
its own closed, binary-only driver in the kernel and something bad happened to
your system.

Comment 2 matteo porta 2002-11-28 12:12:30 UTC
i dont think the nvidia proprietary driver is the culprit.
i've done this test: renamed the /etc/x11/xf86config file,
so that the xserver can't start. then i've rebooted.
i got the usual dialog with unreadable fonts. then i did
an lsmod, and the nvidia driver wasn't loaded. so it
seems that it's not a problem with nvidia.
i think that the dialog comes from /usr/bin/gdm-binary.

Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 2002-12-02 18:50:10 UTC
We basically need a unicode-capable ncurses

Comment 4 Thomas E. Dickey 2003-01-12 17:53:05 UTC
From the description, I don't see why this one would be related to dialog or ncurses, since it states that the "text" is unreadable.  A font problem would be (going up) the terminal emulator, some issue with the fonts specified, or the X server.

Comment 5 Eido Inoue 2003-01-20 22:03:31 UTC
sounds like the locale is non-English/non-latin-1, and the console is not
Unicode. Need to know what the output of "locale" is.

Comment 6 matteo porta 2003-01-22 18:00:37 UTC
here's what i get when typing locale into a terminal:


Comment 7 Eido Inoue 2003-02-03 22:44:22 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 74911 ***

Comment 8 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-02-21 18:50:13 UTC
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.

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