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Re: Fonts Not Found Help!

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  • Subject: [mg10901] Re: Fonts Not Found Help!
  • From: "P.J. Hinton" <>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 20:15:38 -0500
  • Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.
  • References: <6bptk5$>

On 10 Feb 1998 wrote:

> Ok I've got Mathematica 3.0 installed on our Digital Unix 4.0b and it
> actually runs from the console. But from my vax 3100 workstation I get
> font errors. Anyone who knows what I need to do ? I have the DISPLAY
> var set correctly but  it doesn't seem to be able to find the fonts.
> Maybe my decwindows fonts/motif needs upgrading?

To answer this question accurately, you'll need to consult the
documentation for DECwindows/Motif.  

The command scripts that start the Mathematica kernel from a shell (math
or MathKernel) as well as the Mathematica notebook front end
(mathematica or Mathematica) have commands that attempt to add the
Mathematica-specific fonts to an X server's font path.  However, these
commands are executed on the remote machine, so they are of no help to
you if you set DISPLAY to point to a remote host.  This is explained on
p. 35 of the booklet _Getting Started with Mathematica 3.0 under Unix
and X_.  It is also covered in more detail in the _Mathematica 3.0
System Administrator's Guide_, Section 4.5, p. 47 ff.

You must configure your DECwindows/Motif software so that it can find
the fonts.  The documentation for DECwindows/Motif should give you some
guidance as to how this is done.  If your VAXstation can access the
filesystem where Mathematica is installed, then this should be easy to
accomplish.  If the filesystem is not visible to the VAXstation, then
you will probably have to have someone install the appropriate font
format for the VAXstation on a local filesystem. 

The Mathematica 3.0.2 CD-ROM (which has the Digital Unix version) has
three font formats -- Adobe Type 1 (.pfa), Bitmap Distribution Format
(.bdf), and Portable Compiled Format (.pcf).  I'm not sure which format
is appropriate for your system.  Again, you'll have to consult the
DECWindows/Motif documentation to find this out.

Sorry I couldn't be more specific.  Hopefully this will give you some
guidance as to what you need to do.

P.J. Hinton
Mathematica Programming Group  Wolfram
Research, Inc.        
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.

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