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xvnc Mathematica menu fonts

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  • Subject: [mg70097] [mg69532] xvnc Mathematica menu fonts
  • From: "Chris Chiasson" <chris at>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 06:16:52 -0400 (EDT)

It appears xvnc/tightvnc has switched from using comma delimited paths
to colon delimited paths.

My distribution's startup script was still using the commas.

Once I switched it over to colons, Mathematica at least showed letters
in the menus instead of the square outlines.

However, Mathematica now starts up with a dialog box that must be
handled by the user, which I quote:

Unable to find font family Times with requested face (weight Plain,
slant Plain). Substituting closest match. Exit. Continue.

After making the switch, I also found I could now delete the symlinks
(I think I'm using from

/usr/share/fonts/ to /usr/lib/X11/fonts

/usr/ to /usr/X11R6

that the (presently outdated) Gentoo wiki xvnc howto recommends.
However, that doesn't help with the dialog box.

The dialog box is bad because I need for Mathematica to execute unattended.

On 10/2/06, Arturas Acus <acus at> wrote:
> Dear Chris, recenly you posted question about Mathematica menu fonts.
> The solution I found was to explicitly define fontPath in vncserver
> startup script. In particularry the following line in vncserver script
> resolved my problems on slamd64 linux distribution:
>  $fontPath =
> "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/:/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/:/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF/:/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/";
> (if the first folder was set not to fonts/misc, then the problem
> remained).
> If the solution will work for You, please forward it to Mathematica group list.
> Sincerely,
> --
> Arturas Acus <acus at>
> --
> Arturas Acus <acus at>


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