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XFONTS for OpenView

Johnston Rob
Occasional Contributor

XFONTS for OpenView

Does anyone perhaps know of an RPM that will install the needed fonts to Export
the OPC process on a HPUX box to a Redhat 6.1 server? THe Redhat box is running
XFREE that ships with RH6.1.

Any help would be great.
user not active
Frequent Advisor

Re: XFONTS for OpenView

No I don't know a RPM, but wht not look into running xfs (font-server) on the
Unix box and serve fonts to the Linux system, both have X installed I presume ?
check man xfs.
Chuck Slivkoff
Frequent Advisor

Re: XFONTS for OpenView

HP-UX applications expect that fonts encoded in the HP-Roman8 character-set are
available. This is for internationalization purposes. There are 2 possible

1 - Change the locale to one which uses ISO8859-1
character-set encodings:

user@linux $ rlogin hpux
user@hpux $ export LANG=C.iso88591
user@hpux $ export DISPLAY=linux:0
user@hpux $ nnm

2 - Make the HP-Roman8 fonts available to the Linux
X server:

There are 2 possible options:

A - Use a font-server:
Be sure that xfs is running on the HP-UX


/sbin/init.d/xfs start

Add the HP-UX font-server into your font-path:

user@linux $ rlogin hpux
user@hpux $ export DISPLAY=linux:0
user@hpux $ xset fp+ tcp/hpux:7100
user@hpux $ nnm

B - Copy the HP-Roman8 fonts to your linux system
and add them to your XF86Config file:

From the HP-UX system, copy the directory:


to your Linux system under:


Edit /etc[/X11]/XF86Config to include:

FontPath /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/hp_roman8

Restart your X server.

After making either of these changes, you should be able to list HP-Roman8
fonts using:

xlsfonts -fn "*-hp-roman8"
Albert Whale
Occasional Advisor

Re: XFONTS for OpenView

I read the Series with interest as I am also having a problem with the fonts to
be displayed.

I have a quick solution, (i.e. taking the Fonts from the HP UX fontserver), but
I would prefer to be able to host the Fonts Locally. The benefits from
performance issues using the fonsts on the local X Server is significant.

Here's my problem:

1.Chcuk indicated that you needed to edit the /etc/X11/XF86Config file to
include the statement FontPath /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/hp_roman8 directory.

In RedHat Linux 6.0 and above, you'll receive this notice in the Config file.

# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.

FontPath "unix/:-1"

Which Makes sense, because the fonts can be administered with a separate tool,
called xfs.

Using this information I've attempted the following, editing the
/etc/X11/fs/config as such:

catalogue = /usr/share/fonts/ISO8859-2/100dpi,

However, this does not work. Why? When I type

xlsfonts -fn "*-hp-roman8" I cannot find any fonts.

Does any one have any ideas?