I'm running a tightvnc server on Ubuntu 11.04 with a Gnome fallback session. Things seem to work fine except that when I try launching an application that needs xfonts-100dpi. All application menus are shown as little boxes instead of characters. It's as if the fonts are missing. The strange thing is, xfonts-100dpi is already installed and the same application runs fine if I log in to the box directly. Can you please help?

My ~/.vnc/xstartup


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If you add in /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Section "Files"
FontPath        "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled"

Solve you problem?

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    I have already tried messing with the font path in the VNC server configuration. As suggested elsewhere on the Internet, I ran xset -q when physically logged in. From the resulting output, I took the FontPath and configured the vncserver Perl script to set the same FontPath. The fonts you're referring to were part of what I added to the path. It didn't help.
    – Joseph R.
    Apr 18, 2013 at 18:03
  • For the record, I tried your suggestion as well and no joy...
    – Joseph R.
    Apr 25, 2013 at 17:05

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