new user of Linux face an error message when they try to start
X Windows. The error message generally is something about X
Font Server being unable to start. Before this message there
are other messages also but the last message is generally stating
that there was an error starting X Font Server (XFS). A possible
solution to this problem is stated below.
Note: There are numerous reasons why X Font Server may
not start or crash midway. This is just one solution
to the problem. Besides its not the most common reason
for XFS to crash. It so happened that this was the problem I
was facing on my machine and I had a tough time realising the
cause of the problem, since most articles (on the web) regarding
XFS problems did not discuss this case.
when XFS gives problems, either the configuration files of XFS
must have been corrupted or there must be something else missing
that is relating to the XFS.
But I have noticed that this problem also occurs due to your
harddisk being full.
Many of the new users of Linux install Linux on as small as
a 500 MB partition. And a default Redhat 6.1 Installation takes
up around 450-475 MB of this space. Soon after a few days of
software installation the remaining space gets full. X Windows
can start most of its services since they don't require harddisk
space. But when it tries to start XFS, it requires a few Megabytes
of harddisk space. Unavailability of this space gives an error
saying that it could not start the X Font Server...thus sometimes
misleading newcomers into thinking that there was some error
with the configuration of the X Font Server. Actually it is
only lack of harddisk space which gives rise to this error.
So free up some space (maybe around 5MB) and check again. If
the error still remains then it is really some problem with
: This is just one of the many reasons why XFS may not start.
Generally if XFS doesn't start there might be a problem with
its configuration files itself rather than your harddisk being
full. So do check the configuration files. There are separate
articles which deal with XFS configuration.