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Re: Can not run Mathematica 6.0.3 on Fedora 9

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  • Subject: [mg91107] Re: Can not run Mathematica 6.0.3 on Fedora 9
  • From: paul.knowles at
  • Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 05:06:29 -0400 (EDT)
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On Aug 5, 12:28 pm, Paul Smith <phh... at> wrote:
>On Aug 5,9:03 am, kbkb <kbkb... at> wrote:
>>On Aug 3, 5:33 am, Paul Smith <phh... at> wrote:
>>> Dear All,
>>> I have just installed Mathematica 6.0.3 onFedora9, but when I start
>>> it, I get the following error:
>>> An error has occurred while Mathematica was starting up. Mathematica
>>> may not function properly until this problem is resolved. You may
>>> choose to continue anyway, but you could encounter additional
>>> problem.
>>> Any ideas?
>>> Thanks in advance,
>>> Paul
>> Same here. It was working until I did "yum update" today....
>Someone, meanwhile, has suggested to me to install
>that solved the problem.

The above fonts were needed, but no joy came from them alone:
The following has done the trick:

yum -y install xorg-x11-xfs-utils xorg-x11-xfs
chkconfig --levels 345 xfs on
cd /etc/X11/fontpath.d/
ln -s /usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/SystemFiles/Fonts/BDF
ln -s /usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/SystemFiles/Fonts/Type1
ln -s /usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/SystemFiles/Fonts/TTF
service xfs start

Add a fontpath to the Files section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf, e.g.,

Section "Files"
# Use a font server independent of the X server to render fonts.
        FontPath     "unix/:7100"

restart X (reboot for those unsure of how to restart X as needed)

then things worked.

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