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I've installed Ubuntu 12.04.3 64-bit as a guest under VMplayer running on my Win7 host.

After Ubuntu installs, I launch and open a terminal.

I then enter the following:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine
sudo apt-get install xvfb
sudo apt-get install xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi xfonts-scalable xfonts-cyrillic

When I launch xvfb, I get the following error:

“[dix] Could not init font path element /var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType, removing from list!”

"x-ttcidfont-conf" should have been installed with "wine" as I got the same EULA when I install manually. However, it never gets recognized and when I check font folders, they're empty.

I've tried these steps as well:

  1. Alternate attempt 1:

    • sudo apt-get -y install x-ttcidfont-conf cabextract ttf-mscorefonts-installer
    • sudo dpkg-reconfigure x-ttcidfont-conf
  2. Alternate attempt 2:

    • Reset Ubuntu
    • At login screen: Press CtrlAltF1
    • Login
    • kill x server: sudo service lightdm stop
    • generate new xorg.conf file: sudo X -configure
      • This will create a '' file in your current dir
    • return to GUI: sudo start lightdm
    • Login through UI
    • Open & edit and add the following two lines:

      FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/CID"

      FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"

    • Save & exit
    • Logout of UI
    • At login screen: Press CtrlAltF1
    • Login
    • kill x server: sudo service lightdm stop
    • rename and move: sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    • return to GUI: sudo start lightdm

I fully admit I'm a linux/ubuntu/xvfb noob...but I am good at Google searches and nothing seems to work.

What am I missing?

I've tried:

sudo apt-get -y install x-ttcidfont-conf
[sudo] password for <user>:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
x-ttcidfont-conf is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 17 not - upgraded.

and still get the same error message.

I've also tried:

  1. sudo apt-get upgrade
  2. Restarted ubuntu
  3. retried

Get same results. :-(

There is an in-house shell script that launches Xvfb followed by an application and apparently just hangs as a result. The first line in the shell script is:

Xvfb :2 &

And simply executing that command outside of the shell script causes the same error.

I've read in one of the many pages to help resolve this that I need an xorg.conf in a folder to point to font folders. I tried to create this and for the other fonts such as xfont-100dpi, xfont-75dpi, etc. there is content in the folders. Why am I not able to get any content in the equivalent font folder for x-ttcidfont-conf TrueType font?

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Can you upgrade those packages with sudo apt-get upgrade then restart your session? – Braiam Sep 7 '13 at 1:11
Could you explain what is the adverse effect of that warning? What are you trying to accomplish installing that font? – Braiam Sep 7 '13 at 2:56
@gdaemon did you manage to solve it ? – vishal Oct 28 '13 at 21:09

You are missing the package x-ttcidfont-conf. A simple sudo apt-get -y install x-ttcidfont-conf should solve the problem.

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I found that by executing the following command, I was able to resolve the problem:


Thanks for your help.

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I've found this does not permanently solve my problem. Seems a reboot brought back problem and discovered through another web-site that x-ttcidfonts-conf has been deprecated on Ubuntu.… – gdaemon Sep 9 '13 at 15:42

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