I’m getting the error message “Fontconfig error: Cannot load
default config file” when launching Stata. What does that mean?
||Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
||Chinh Nguyen, StataCorp
||July 2007; minor revisions July 2009
When launching Stata, the following error message appears:
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
No fonts found; this probably means that the fontconfig
library is not correctly configured. You may need to
edit the fonts.conf configuration file. More information
about fontconfig can be found in the fontconfig(3) manual
page and on http://fontconfig.org
This error will appear when
Fontconfig is not configured on your
system. Stata uses GTK+-2.0 for its
graphical user interface. GTK+-2.0 requires Fontconfig for its font
management. Stata has the GTK+-2.0 libraries and dependencies such
as Fontconfig statically linked into Stata, but Fontconfig requires a
configuration file that describes where the fonts are installed on the system.
Recent versions of Unix operating systems typically have some version of
GTK+-2.0 installed, so Fontconfig will already be configured. If you find that
/etc/fonts/fonts.conf already exists on
your system, do not overwrite it. However, if this is the case, you should
not have received the error message and should
contact Stata technical support
If /etc/fonts/fonts.conf does not exist on
your system, download the appropriate
fonts.conf file for your system from the
following table to your computer. To download, right-click on the
appropriate link in the table below, and select Save as. Be sure to
save the extension as .conf. (Your browser may try to read or save
the file as an XML document, which will result in an error.)
Then follow the steps below:
- Log in with superuser access.
- Create the directory /etc/fonts.
- Move fonts.conf into
- Make sure fonts.conf has its
file permissions set so that it is readable by all.
Note: IBM AIX users should create the directory
/opt/freeware/etc/fonts and copy
fonts.conf into there.