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Xserver crashes (Re: bug in gnustep-make / my last mail (pantomime))

From: Matthias Klose
Subject: Xserver crashes (Re: bug in gnustep-make / my last mail (pantomime))
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 23:57:52 +0200

CCing Branden, our X maintainer ...

Nicola Pero writes:
> > PS: The biggest problem is the Xserver crash now when building the
> > font cache.
> Yes - I can see that - I don't like myself the proposed workaround :-) but
> actually I can't see much of a way out.  I'd consider it a bug in the Xlib
> interface - you can only get either a single font, or the whole list of
> all possible fonts (and getting the whole list of fonts often requires
> more memory than available).  What is missing is an interface to loop on
> all the available fonts, returning a reasonable number (1 or 2 or 10) each
> time.
> Maybe ... is some Xfree extension available which supplies the missing
> font API to loop on the available fonts ?  If it was, we could use that
> extension if available, and avoid the crash.  I suppose we could even
> write it and submit it to Xfree if it's not available. :-)
> I personally find the filtering option very limiting, but I'm not sure how
> to work around the problem otherwise - we need a way from the Xserver to
> loop properly on the available fonts.

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