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Bug 521786 - media-fonts/font-alias-1.0.3 - /usr/share/fonts/misc/fonts.alias header causes trouble loading font "*": X Error of failed request: BadName (named color or font does not exist)
Summary: media-fonts/font-alias-1.0.3 - /usr/share/fonts/misc/fonts.alias header cause...
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: [OLD] Library (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo X packagers
Depends on:
Blocks: 530652
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Reported: 2014-08-30 23:11 UTC by Alex Orange
Modified: 2015-01-15 12:58 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Runtime testing required: ---

Program to show failure (fail.c,237 bytes, text/plain)
2014-09-01 03:04 UTC, Alex Orange

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Description Alex Orange 2014-08-30 23:11:26 UTC
The line at the top of /usr/share/fonts/misc/fonts.alias:

! $Xorg: fonts.alias,v 1.3 2000/08/21 16:42:31 coskrey Exp $

causes trouble if an application tries to load any font (font name "*"). See attached fail.c for an example. I'm guessing that because the "!" matches "*" that it tries to load the rest of the line as a font name, and fails as it's obviously not a font name. This is not just a contrived example, Synopsis CosmosScope tries to load the "*" font and fails, fail.c is just a short example to duplicate the problem.

Removing the line from the top of fonts.alias solves the problem. I'm not sure how the fonts.alias files are generated, so I'm hoping someone else can come up with the long term fix, at the moment I'm just deleting that line from the file and everything works.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. gcc -o fail fail.c -lX11
2. ./fail
Actual Results:  
X Error of failed request:  BadName (named color or font does not exist)
  Major opcode of failed request:  45 (X_OpenFont)
  Serial number of failed request:  6
  Current serial number in output stream:  7

Expected Results:  
No output, just goes back to prompt.
Comment 1 Alex Orange 2014-09-01 03:04:13 UTC
Created attachment 384036 [details]
Program to show failure

Oops, I guess I forgot to upload this the other day.
Comment 2 Pacho Ramos gentoo-dev 2015-01-05 18:52:35 UTC
We need to apply this upstream patch:

Maintainers, do you let me to commit it? Do you want to also apply some other newer fixes from upstream?
Comment 3 Pacho Ramos gentoo-dev 2015-01-15 12:58:39 UTC
+*font-alias-1.0.3-r1 (15 Jan 2015)
+  15 Jan 2015; Pacho Ramos <>
+  +files/font-alias-1.0.3-cvs-tags.patch, +font-alias-1.0.3-r1.ebuild:
+  Remove CVS tags (#521786 by Alex Orange)