#5775 NORM Never A: It is basically impossible to install bitmapped fonts.

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#5775: It is basically impossible to install bitmapped fonts.
 Reporter:  karmaflux        |       Owner:  bernie        
     Type:  defect           |      Status:  new           
 Priority:  normal           |   Milestone:  Never Assigned
Component:  x window system  |     Version:                
 Keywords:  font, xfs, xorg  |    Verified:  0             
 Blocking:                   |   Blockedby:                
 X.org, as started by olpc-dm, uses -fp built-ins.  The only font built-in
 is an unreadably small instance of "fixed."  Attempting to add a fontpath
 with xset results in the following error message:
 xset: bad font path element (#61), possible causes are:
 Directory does not exist or has wrong permissions
 Directory missing fonts.dir
 Incorrect font server address or syntax
 regardless of the directory permissions, the presence of fonts.dir, or
 whether you start X from olpc-dm, or boot into runlevel 4 and manually
 initiate X.  Adding a FontPath in a "Files" section in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
 results in a
 Could not init font path element /usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi/, removing
 from list!
 line in /var/log/Xorg.0.log.

 I know that bitmapped fonts are not a priority.  However, lots of legacy
 x11 software is essentially unavailable to XO users with the current
 configuration.  Is there a compelling reason to break font handling?  What
 is being gained from this?  May we not at least look at having built-in
 fonts which are more appropriately sized for the XO's resolution?

Ticket URL: <http://dev.laptop.org/ticket/5775>
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