X issue on a Dell 1650 w/ RH 7.3

Adam Williams awilliam at mdah.state.ms.us
Wed Mar 19 08:12:00 CST 2003

Sounds like xfs (X Font Server) is hosed for whatever reason.   reinstall
the xfs rpm with --force and then try X again.  If that fails run
XConfigurator or redhat-config-xfree86 depending on your version of


On Tue, 18 Mar 2003, Jeff Tharp wrote:

> Recently installed Red Hat Linux 7.3 on a Dell PowerEdge 1650.  System
> worked fine until one of the DBA's attempted to install DB2 for Linux.  Now
> system refuses to run X windows.  When I reboot the system, xfs fails to
> start and X loads as a blank, black screen.  Checking /var/log/messages
> reveals the following interesting entries...
> Mar 18 23:13:03 chicago crond: crond startup succeeded
> Mar 18 23:13:03 chicago xfs: xfs: error while loading shared libraries:
> libXfont.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
> Mar 18 23:13:03 chicago xfs: xfs startup failed
> Mar 18 23:13:03 chicago anacron: anacron startup succeeded
> Mar 18 23:13:03 chicago atd: atd startup succeeded
> Mar 18 23:13:03 chicago modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module
> char-major-10-134
> Mar 18 23:13:12 chicago kdm[1108]: IO Error in XOpenDisplay
> Mar 18 23:13:12 chicago kdm[1099]: Display :0 cannot be opened
> Doing a find for "libXfont.so.1" reveals this to be a symbolic link in
> /usr/X11R6/lib pointing to libXfont.so.1.4.  File permissions on
> libXfont.so.1.4 are rwxr-xr-x root root.
> So far so good...so what happened that xfs doesn't see this library?  We
> still haven't gotten DB2 to load, and the DB2 installer is GUI based, so now
> we need to fix this X issue before we can continue.
> Appreciate any advice,
> Jeff Tharp
> System Administrator
> ESRI - Redlands, CA
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