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Solaris and CDE

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  • Subject: [mg3693] Solaris and CDE
  • From: Tony Maggs <tony at>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Apr 1996 02:04:53 -0400
  • Organization: espci
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

A number of people have had trouble with the mathematica front end under solaris CDE.
In particular :error messages from fonts
and worse     : crashes when using dialogues.

I (as well as the rest of the world) have not been able to get a fix from Wolfram
The problem seems to be in the  the font names used by CDE

I have found the following workaround:
Put the following lines in your ~/.Xdefaults file

XMathematica*fontList: -b&h-lucida sans-medium-r-normal-sans-14-140-72-72-p-82-iso8859-1
XMathematica*labelFontList: -b&h-lucida sans-medium-r-normal-sans-14-140-72-72-p-82-iso8859-1
XMathematica*buttonFontList: -b&h-lucida sans-medium-r-normal-sans-14-140-72-72-p-82-iso8859-1
XMathematica*textFontList: -b&h-lucida sans-medium-r-normal-sans-14-140-72-72-p-82-iso8859-1

With this the front end crashes less than once per hour, no worse than under openwindows.

Anthony Maggs
tony at


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