Monday, June 16, 2008

I had to install Firefox on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 server to run the VMware Server web UI. I did a 'yum install firefox', which pulled in a bunch of dependencies. But firefox wouldn't start:

% firefox
No fonts found; this probably means that the fontconfig library is not correctly configured. You may need to edit the fonts.conf configuration file. More information about fontconfig can be bound in the fontconfig(3) manual page and on

As these things go, of course fontconfig was installed. So I did a 'yum list | grep font' and more-or-less started randomly installing packages until Firefox worked. The one that seemed to do the trick was xorg-x11-fonts-Type1


tmc said...

Thanks you saved me a bunch of hit and miss attempts. First try with Type1 worked.

Stupid that the dependency isn't met with yum install. Especially for such a common app like FF.


Roger Pack said...

you saved me!

AlexG said...

That's it!
xorg-x11-fonts-Type1.noarch =)

Gabriel said...