[linux] Connecting to Dante's FTP server

Evan Martin martine at danga.com
Fri Sep 19 12:32:03 PDT 2003

On Fri, Sep 19, 2003 at 09:55:15AM -0700, Andrew Sengul wrote:

> There was an error initializing a SSH connection with the remote server.

> The error message from the remote server follows:

> Fontconfig warning: line 245: Disconnecting from site dante.u.washington.edu

ssh should definitely never be using fontconfig, as that's a client-side
library for font management. It's only used by GTK right now (maybe KDE? I
don't follow them too closely), which means this error (if it really is
something related to fontconfig) is caused by a GTK app on your end--
possibly ssh-askpass, and possibly your GUI sftp client. Try running
both of them without connecting to dante and see if you can reproduce
the error.

My gut feeling is that if it is your sftp client, it's probably trying
to load a monospaced font to display the status or an error message and
that's where it's failing. But that is a wild guess. :)

Evan Martin
martine at danga.com

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