Everytime I start an xterm on my Amazon Linux release 2 (Karoo) server, I get an error complaining about a missing font:

xterm: cannot load font '-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso10646-1'

I have every x11 font package I can find loaded (via "yum install xorg-x11-font*" as suggested elsewhere) including xorg-x11-fonts-misc-7.5-9.amzn2.noarch, which should contain the iso10646 font and yet it still can't find the iso10646 font. Where can I find this font or, alternatively, tell my xterm not to use it?

  • The answer to that question does not state where I can find the iso10646 font to stop getting the error. It sees that the iso10646 font is being used in /usr/share/X11/app-defaults/XTerm for *VT100.utf8Fonts.font but then doesn't list that font in the font files used section...
    – C Smith
    Jul 16, 2019 at 21:21
  • The example shows the "misc" font which provides it in Red Hat. Your question did not mention that you have that installed. Jul 16, 2019 at 21:24
  • Yeah, I see now that it shows that the font should be provided by /usr/share/X11/fonts/misc/6x13.pcf.gz I downloaded and ran your script (thanks for that!) on my ec2 instance and it shows the same thing... That font is found in 6x13.pcf.gz which is provided by package xorg-x11-fonts-misc-7.5-9.amzn2.noarch. But I still get the error launching xterm... so frustrating.
    – C Smith
    Jul 16, 2019 at 21:31
  • Bitmap fonts are handled by the (possibly remote) X server, unlike TrueType fonts (done on the client side). Connecting to Amazon (AWS?), I'd assume your X server is not on the machine where xterm's running from. Jul 16, 2019 at 21:34

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With @ThomasDickey 's help I was able to find the solution to this problem. Namely, the local X-Server I was running (Xming) didn't have the errant font installed. I downloaded and installed xming-fonts (from https://sourceforge.net/projects/xming/files/Xming-fonts/ on my local node (not the node that was running xterm) and that fixed the error.

So xterm wasn't complaining that it couldn't find the font, it was the local X Server that was complaining.

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