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I have recently upgraded to VIM 7.4 from 7.3 on system A, and set up a clean install of 7.4 on system B.

When launching gvim on A I get :

Warning: Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion
Warning: Unable to load any usable fontset
Vim: Caught deadly signal SEGV
Vim: Finished.
E852: The child process failed to start the GUI

on system B it works fine.

Both are running Red Hat Enterprise Linux Client release 5.7 (Tikanga)
For both $LANG is en_US.UTF-8

The installed fonts on both also are the same :

/bin/rpm -qa 'xorg*font*' | /bin/sort
xorg-x11-fonts-100dpi-7.1-2.1.el5
xorg-x11-fonts-75dpi-7.1-2.1.el5
xorg-x11-fonts-base-7.1-2.1.el5
xorg-x11-fonts-ISO8859-1-100dpi-7.1-2.1.el5
xorg-x11-fonts-ISO8859-1-75dpi-7.1-2.1.el5
xorg-x11-fonts-misc-7.1-2.1.el5
xorg-x11-fonts-truetype-7.1-2.1.el5
xorg-x11-fonts-Type1-7.1-2.1.el5
xorg-x11-font-utils-7.1-3

What else should I be looking at to find a difference between the two systems? or how do I resolve the issue on system A?

Update The issue remains and now seg faults. Updated the error message which is shown.

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Try running xlsfonts on both systems and compare the output. Perhaps the system A is misconfigured, and installed fonts are not accessible to the applications. If this is the case, you may try

xset +fp /path/to/fontdir
xset fp update
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