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I am trying to compile xboard but when I tried to run it I got the error

xboard: no fonts match pattern -*-helvetica-bold-r-normal--*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

I googled a bit and found out that xorg-fonts-75dpi or xorg-fonts-100dpi is needed according to this website. However, when I moved xorg-fronts-75dpi files from here to /usr/share/fonts/75dpi xboard still gives the same error. Is there a way I could install from apt-get? If not how should I solve this problem?

btw I am using ubuntu 11.04

UPDATE: I just found out that xorg-fonts-75dpi is already installed in /etc/X11/fonts. So according to the link I provided I shouldn't be getting the error. Does anyone know what I should do?

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It is not recommended to install Arch packages to Ubuntu or vice versa. –  grawity Dec 13 '11 at 12:54
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In the old X11 font system, the X11 server must be told about the font location; it also maintains an internal database of available fonts.

First run xset q and make sure that "Font Path" lists your X11 font directory (/etc/X11/fonts, /usr/share/fonts/75dpi, or wherever the hell you moved it later.) If the directory is not listed, use xset +fp path to add it. (You can use xset fp default to reset the default value.)

Afterwards, tell the X11 server to reread its font database with xset fp rehash.

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I found a different bug and Google directed me here. It's possible that the following may resolve your issue (the error message may have been misleading):

./configure --disable-nls && make
./xboard

The issue I found is that NLS doesn't work although I have the Helvetica font(s) installed.

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You rock ! Thanks , I tried many things and this worked . –  Nishant Dec 6 '13 at 19:36
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