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Re: [ferret_users] setfont: Read error on font file

Hi Gary,
First, check that the directories and files have read permissions. Your directory where apparently the PLOTFONTS environment variable is set to look for the font files is  /contrib/ferret/ppl/fonts/
and should have 35 files or so, fnt01.chr, ..., fnt33.chr, fondat.dat.

If that all seems fine, I wonder if you have some other copy of font files accidentally installed. The fonts in the environment tar file are correct. I just downloaded the environment tar file from the 64-bit LINUX downloads page http://ferret.pmel.noaa.gov/static/Downloads/linux_x86_64_downloads.html

The file is ftp://ftp.pmel.noaa.gov/ferret/pub/x86_64-linux/fer_environment.tar.Z

And the fonts in that file do work with the 64-bit executable, ferret_v61.  Try just un-tarring the fer_environment tar file.  In the directories that are created, there is a directory ppl/fonts/

Make sure the files and directories have read permissions. Do a

setenv PLOTFONTS ./ppl/fonts

(wherever that directory exists). and then try running the Ferret executable. Assuming this works, copy the font files to the location that is pointed to by your PLOTFONTS environment variable, and you should be good to go.

Let us know whether this works out.


Gary Strand wrote:

I've just installed all the latest/greatest ferret 6.1 executables/environment/datasets on a 64-bit Linux machine here, and while I can now read those "64 bit offset" files, ferret bombs with the above error, namely:

prompt> ferret
        FERRET v6.1  
        Linux(g77) 2.4.21-32 - 03/25/08
        29-Apr-09 10:17     

yes? PLOT/VS/LINE/I=1:314 i*cos(i/20),i*sin(i/20)
 setfont: Read error on font file:/contrib/ferret/ppl/fonts/fnt01.chr

Any suggestions?

Gary Strand

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