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[20080920] GNOME (and Firefox) fonts vs. X11R7 vs. pkgsrc
So I have upgraded my NetBSD 4.0 installation with a -current build with MKXORG=yes, and then built pkgsrc/meta-pkgs/gnome for the past few days. Starting up gnome-session just gave me little rectangles instead of fonts. GRMBL!!!1!

With some investigation, GNOME used pkgsrc's fontconfig goo, which doesn't include any fonts - which is about what it displays. To fix, /usr/pkg/etc/fontconfig/fonts.conf can be adjusted to also look in /usr/X11R6 (which I still have from my NetBSD 4.0 installation) and /usr/X11R7 (thanks to MKXORG=yes):

--- /usr/pkg/etc/fontconfig/fonts.conf.orig	2008-09-10 18:05:47.000000000 +0200
+++ /usr/pkg/etc/fontconfig/fonts.conf
@@ -23,6 +23,8 @@
 
 <!-- Font directory list -->
 
+	<dir>/usr/X11R7/lib/X11/fonts</dir>
+	<dir>/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts</dir>
 	<dir>/usr/pkg/lib/X11/fonts</dir>
 	<dir>/usr/pkg/share/ghostscript/fonts</dir>
 	<dir>~/.fonts</dir> 
I hope this helps anyone encountering a similar situation (including future incarnations of myself ;). (And if you ask "WTF GNOME?" - I wanted to have another look, after my last attempt at using GNOME is now several years ago :-)

P.S.: This also fixes fonts on firefox. Yai!

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[20060902] GNOME on NetBSD needs YOU!
Julio Merino Vidal has been working hard with a few pkgsrc developers to bring the GNOME desktop environment to NetBSD, and maintain it over any updates. In order to make it easier for others to have an overview of the current status and as an invitation to join in the effort, Julio has posted to pkgsrc-users and his blog.

His post includes links to hints on hacking GNOME within the pkgsrc environment plus a working list what's needed to get GNOME perfect on NetBSD. If you have some spare time, want to join a team of skilled and motivated developers and/or want to learn more about the NetBSD operating system and its interfacting with modern desktop environments like GNOME, here is your chance to dive in!

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