From: Alfredo Quevedo (
Date: Wed Oct 15 2008 - 13:31:58 CDT

Thanks for the reply Axel, I have been trying to work arounfd the problem
but I cant get how to assign automatic scalable metrics to my paths. I am
quite new to Linux, so please sorry for the questions. Any hint how should
approximate to a solution of this problem. I have VMD installed on other
computers but this didnt happened.
Thanks in advance

----- Original Message -----
From: "Axel Kohlmeyer" <>
To: "Alfredo Quevedo" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 4:47 PM
Subject: Re: vmd-l: Question about the Main Menu window display

> On Fri, 10 Oct 2008, Alfredo Quevedo wrote:
> hello alfredo,
> AQ> Hello VMD users. I have recently installed VMD in my new computer
> AQ> running Linux Mandriva 2008 Spring edition. The installation was ok,
> AQ> but when running the program the Main Menu windows shows the menues
> AQ> out of format, that is to say that the words are big, are
> AQ> superimposed and some menus are not displayed, like the HELP menu
> AQ> and EXTENSIONS menu. Is there any way to configure the resolution of
> AQ> the display of the main menu.
> this has nothing to do with this, but rather the selection and
> setup of your X server fonts and a "features" of the widget library
> that creates the main menu (FLTK). the widget library tries to find
> a matching font, but the one that it finds on your machine does not
> have the correct metrics. this can happen if you have fixed resolution
> fonts taking precedence over scalable fonts (which is done for enhanced
> performance).
> thus shuffling around the entries in the font path (to put
> a preference to scalable fonts) or installing fonts with
> correct metrics or deinstalling fonts with incorrect metrics
> can make the difference. you should also check if your installation
> has all bugfixes applied.
> cheers,
> axel.
> AQ> Thanks in advance for the help,
> AQ>
> AQ> Alfredo Quevedo
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