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I am running nx server on a headless ubuntu server. Its desktop is to Unix -> Custom -> Emacs which gives me an Emacs window on the local machine. The only thing that does not work as expected is the anti aliased fonts. I do have anti aliased fonts on my local X but nx seems to not honor my remote Xresources file.

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Came across these 2 threads:

There's a workaround described in the 2nd link that details downgrading libcairo.

workaround steps

Terminate your NX sessions

$ cd ~/Downloads
$ wget http://mirror.pnl.gov/ubuntu//pool/main/c/cairo/libcairo2_1.10.2-6.1ubuntu2_amd64.deb
$ mkdir libcairo
$ dpkg -x libcairo2_1.10.2-6.1ubuntu2_amd64.deb libcairo/
$ sudo mkdir /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcairo_orig
$ sudo mv /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcairo.so.2* /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-1. gnu/libcairo_orig/
$ sudo cp ~/Downloads/libcairo/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcairo.so.2* /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

Re-connect to your machine via NX.

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