X applications fail to start with "Could not open default font 'fixed'" because "xfs" font server stops responding on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Solution Verified - Updated -

Issue

  • Using "xfs" as font server, new X applications fail to start with "Could not open default font 'fixed'",
  • Whereas the"xfs" daemon continues to run and no error is reported in the logs,
  • Restarting "xfs" restores the functionality.

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3,
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4,
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5,

  • Default configuration of xfs (using local sockets, no tcp).

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