Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

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

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.

share|improve this question

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
share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.