[R-sig-Debian] Font issue in Debian Jesse after updates

James W. MacDonald jmacdon at uw.edu
Mon Feb 17 17:48:01 CET 2014

Hi Johannes,

Thanks for responding. Turns out the problem was me. I have an


in my .bashrc that I sometimes need that I neglected to comment back 



On Monday, February 17, 2014 4:12:16 AM, Johannes Ranke wrote:
> Hi,
> did you talk to your sysadmin about this? It is not possible to see what
> happened as you do not provide a build log, but it seems some x fonts arent't
> installed any more, or some xorg related headers (-dev packages) are not
> present on the build machine.
> Kind regards,
> Johannes
> Am Mittwoch, 12. Februar 2014, 11:46:27 schrieb James W. MacDonald:
>> Hi,
>> My primary work computer (on which I have no sudo privileges) is running
>> Debian jessie. For various reasons I need to compile R in my personal
>> directory rather than using the site-wide install.
>> On 2013-12-20 the sysadmin ran apt-get upgrade, and now any R that I
>> compile errors when I try to use X11 fonts:
>>   > plot(1:10)
>> Error in axis(side = side, at = at, labels = labels, ...) :
>>     could not find any X11 fonts
>> Check that the Font Path is correct.
>> Anything compiled prior to the update is fine (e.g., I have two R-3.0.2
>> versions, one from before the upgrade and one I compiled yesterday. One
>> can find X11 fonts, and the other cannot, so it isn't a locale problem).
>> Has anybody seen this? Any suggestions?
>> Best,
>> Jim

James W. MacDonald, M.S.
University of Washington
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
4225 Roosevelt Way NE, # 100
Seattle WA 98105-6099

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