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I get the message

No fonts match '9x15'

when trying to run emacs and a linux box. I messed something up a while back, but I do not know how to fix this issue. Any ideas?

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I am having a similar problem on Emacs 21.4.1 on CentOS 5.5. I tried to use Inconsolata-12 (silly me) and now emacs won't start without the -fn flag. I can't find where Inconsolata-12 is specified in any of my configuration files, like .emacs. Help? – noahz May 9 '12 at 14:00
I can't remember if I resolved this or just kept using a work around. I no longer use that server. – bbarnhart May 9 '12 at 14:46

Have you installed Xming-fonts package and read Xming fonts page?

With X11, the fonts are from the server, in your case Xming running on a PC, not the system executing the client application (emacs running on the Linux is a X client).

This doesn't appear to be a Linux or emacs issue.

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Does emacs still run? if so run M-x customize-group basic-faces - change the settings for default face, and save for future sessions.

If not, run "emacs -q" (this suppresses loading your init file) and then customize your default face.

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emacs does not run after returning the 'No font match' message. emacs -q also returns 'No font match'. The problem is with the X window and I'm using Xming. If I start a new putty session without setting the display emacs works fine. – bbarnhart Apr 7 '10 at 20:40
Please Add Xming note to original question, to improve others answers. – mctylr Apr 7 '10 at 20:44
use the -fn flag to select a font that exists: "emacs -fn fixed" should work, for example. – Justin Smith Apr 7 '10 at 22:35
also, you can set your default font from "emacs -nw" (which is the equivalent of running emacs without the display set). – Justin Smith Apr 7 '10 at 22:35
also, as mctylr mentions - if the problem is a missing font, that is a problem with the server on which the app is displayed (in your case Xming under Windows) not the Linux client. – Justin Smith Apr 8 '10 at 1:24

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