firefox segfaults

Jeremy Utley jeremy at jutley.org
Tue Dec 28 18:52:06 PST 2004


Randy McMurchy wrote:

> Randy McMurchy wrote:
>
>> DJ Lucas wrote:
>>
>>> On Tue, 2004-12-28 at 17:41 -0800, Jeremy Utley wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>> Then in that case you're going to be looking at some form of 
>>>> permissions problem.  I'd start with checking all your fonts to 
>>>> ensure they're world-readable - I know I saw something similar when 
>>>> the fonts I copied over from windows were not world-readable.
>>>>
>>>> -J-
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> I've been working around this for about two weeks, thinking it was a
>>> different problem because I had setup the fonts correctly...or so I
>>> thought.  Forgot about the fonts I copied over later.  Thanks J.  It 
>>> did
>>> belong on support, and was specifically windows fonts copied over.  
>>> This
>>> seems broken and might be more common than expected.  Think a big note
>>> is warranted in the book about this segfault?
>>
>>
>>
>> No. But that's just my opinion. I don't want to set precedent with
>> putting a "watch out for this, or it will segfault" message. We could
>> do that forever. See below.
>>
>>
>>> Or better a note to make
>>> certain that all fonts are world readable in the configuring X section.
>>
>>
>>
>> I'm not sure I like this either, but perhaps a message here would save
>> some folks some trouble. I just don't like the fact that if users take
>> it upon themselves to copy fonts to a directory, and not give read
>> read access to normal users, we need to make a message about it. It's
>> not so much dumbing down the users, but it is kind of insulting to them
>> to have to say that.
>>
>> I mean, I would read a note that tells me to "ensure any fonts you copy
>> from alternate sources are world readable, or readable as the user that
>> intends to use them", as "no shit Sherlock".
>>
>> My opinion is that if a user takes it upon himself to install something,
>> without guidance from BLFS, he should be able to do it correctly.
>
>
> As soon as I hit the send button, I had a change of heart. Perhaps a
> well written note such as:
>
> Ensure any additional fonts you install are world readable. Incorrect
> permissions on fonts have been known to cause problems with X 
> applications.
>
> In the Installing Fonts section of X *would* be appropriate.
>
> Sorry for my bah-humbug attitude in the previous message.
>
Glad to hear it.  If it can bite someone like me and DJ who are both 
fairly experienced, it can certainly bite others as well :)

-J-



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