BadAlloc on certain X servers

Ole Wolf wolf at
Fri Jun 14 10:24:31 CDT 2002

I tried to post this to, but there were
no replies.  I realize this is partly covered on the Codeweavers web
site, but I'm not sure whether the discussions there apply to my
problem, and I wasn't able to find a solution by Googleing around
either.  So here it goes.  I'll start with a little explanation, but it
may be possible to just skip down to the "***" marked section.

When I start Wine on my RedHat 7.3 machine running XFree86, Wine works
fine.  On the first run, it makes a few complaints about certain fonts
not working correctly, but on subsequent runs it doesn't complain and
Windows applications seem to be working as expected.

So far, so good.  However, when I login to my Linux desktop from a
remote machine using Startnet's X-Win32 5.3 X server for Windows, Wine
aborts with the following error:

X Error of failed request:  BadAlloc (insufficient resources for
  Major opcode of failed request:  45 (X_OpenFont)
  Serial number of failed request:  3358
  Current serial number in output stream:  3359

My X-Win32 is set up to use my Linux machine as a font server rather
than using X-Win32's built-in fonts, and because these are the very same
fonts that work fine on a local login, I don't think it's any broken
fonts that are causing problems.

The discussions on the Codeweavers web site indicate that Wine(?) is
simply running out of resources building the font cache, but my XFree86
installation is a pretty bare-bones one using only the
XFree86-base-fonts fonts.  In fact, when I make an extreme limitation on
the number of fonts on a remote login, such as avoiding the use of my
Linux machine as a font server, I don't get that error and the Windows
applications work as expected.  Unfortunately, for various reasons I
can't accept such a limited number of fonts.

*** So, here's the question:

I need to be able to specify a relatively large number of fonts for a
remote login via X-Win32, without getting a BadAlloc error.

Is this a problem that is to be found somewhere inside of the X-Win32 X
server (meaning I'll get rid of it and buy another X server), or can I
hack the Wine source to increase the limit of whatever resources are


 - wolf -

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