[Rd] R | vnc | X11 fonts

Evan Cooch cooch17 at verizon.net
Sat Jul 29 16:06:03 CEST 2006

Greetings -

Users of the box I'm putting together will need to be able to run R 
remotely, using a virtual desktop. One approach (that I'm trying) is to 
use VNC. So far, I can get the remote gnome desktop up on the server 
(running Fedora Core 5), and can start R from a terminal. However, for a 
lot of the R scripts I've tried, I get 'font errors' - the general error 
message is

Error in X11()  : could not find any X11 fonts
Check that the Font Path is correct

OK, bring up another terminal window on VNC, and try xset q, which shows

Font Path

/usr/share/fonts/default/Type1/, /usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi/, 
/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi/, ...

and so on, and so on - about 10 different font directories in all.

So, given that xset q shows that I have lots of X11 fonts in the Font 
Path, then why does X11() in R tell me I don't have any?

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