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Monday, November 16, 2015

vnc xterm window appears without header

The program twm is "the window manager" that is responsible for the window header that appears on top of terminal windows of xterm.  In newer OEL 6 builds, when xterm is launched, the header doesn't appear as twm fails to launch.  If you try launching twm, it gives this error and exits to unix prompt:

twm: unable to open fontset "-adobe-helvetica-bold-r-normal--*-120-*-*-*-*-*-*"

I found a solution on :

It was reported here for fedora: The workaround is to execute it with a specific shell variable:

$ DISPLAY=:vnc port number
$ export DISPLAY
$ xhost +
$ export LANG
twm &

twm launches fine after this.

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