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I am running Linux Mint 12 and trying to start emacs but keep getting this error:

font 'serif 10' is not defined

It seems obvious to me that I don't have the correct font. However, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to upgrade fontconfig to either re-validate itself and acquire the font anew or find another way to get this font.

Does anyone know what I need to do to fix this font issue?

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Fontconfig is a suite of font library tools; it may be related to your problem, but if so what you need is not to upgrade it but to configure it. –  Gilles Aug 2 '12 at 23:51
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Does your ~/.emacs make reference to serif 10? Which version of Emacs are you using? –  Alexios Mar 31 '13 at 10:58
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