Re: Abiword & K12 Linux Terminal Server Project

Subject: Re: Abiword & K12 Linux Terminal Server Project
From: Kevin Vajk (
Date: Tue May 01 2001 - 23:49:14 CDT

On Tue, 1 May 2001, Paul Nelson wrote:

> Abiword runs fine from the server but when launched from a terminal I get an
> error box that says this:

When you say "terminal", I assume you mean an X-Terminal of some sort.

> One suggestion I had from a ltsp user is quoted below:


Looks like he/she is on the right track.

> We are not using xfs on the terminals.

xfs ("X Font Server") runs on the server, not on the terminals.

> Do any of you have experience using Abiword with LTSP that could help us
> solve this problem?
> Anyone have an example of "The script dynamically adds the
> AbiSuite font directory to your X Window System display server front path
> before running the executable."

I don't have any systems in front of me to try it out on, so my
advice may be a bit incomplete or just plain wrong. But I have
used abiword on X-terminals before, so it is possible, and I'd be
glad to help you get it going.

There are two things you'll need to do:
1. Make sure xfs is running on the server, and make sure that the
    abiword font directories are part of xfs' font catalogue. (In
    other words, add the abiword font directory to /etc/X11/fs/config
    and re-start xfs.) Also, make sure that xfs is accepting connections
    from the network. (i.e. /etc/X11/fs/config does *not* have a
    line which says something like "no-listen = tcp".)
2. Edit the abiword script. Add something like this:
      if ! xset q | grep -q tcp/`hostname`
          xset fp+ tcp/`hostname`:7100
    This makes sure the X terminals are using the server's font
    server, which you've configured to know about abiword's fonts.

If this doesn't work, or isn't specific enough, feel free to email me,
and I'll try to dig up exactly what I did to get this working before.
Also, if you have some special requirements (e.g. not running xfs
on the server), feel free to send me an email describing your setup in
more detail, and I might be able to help.

Good luck!

- Kevin Vajk

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