Date: Mon, 16 Dec 1996 16:54:58 -0600
Sender: "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Karen Miller <karenm@SPSS.COM>
Organization: SPSS Inc.
Subject: Re: Ongoing UNIX matters (fwd)
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Karen Miller wrote:
> Cathy Thompson <Cathy.Thompson@DURHAM.AC.UK> writes:
> >Can anyone help?
> >We have a problem with version 6.1 for Sun Solaris. When asking for
> >PostScript output from a text window SPSS throws up an error to the effect
> >that it cannot find or open the PSstd.fonts file.
> >I have been in touch with SPSS in the UK and they have offered a 'fix'
> >which requires the font files to be located in a directory /dvx. Whilst
> >we can get the printing to work using this 'fix' our systems people are
> >very unhappy with what is required. I have enquired further of SPSS (see
> >below), but have had no response.
> >Has anyone else come across this problem? Can anyone offer a better
> >Questions to SPSS - as yet unanswered:
Sorry, looks as if my original email didn't make it!
You are correct - this is a serious bug with SPSS 6.1 for Solaris.
There is no environment variable which can be set to redirect SPSS
in its search for fonts; it is indeed "hardwired" into the software.
This problem will be fixed in the next release of SPSS. Unfortunately,
I can't give a date yet on when the version will be available.
Manager, Technical Support
> >Why can these files not be located somewhere under /opt/SPSS like
> >the rest of the package? Is this path really hard wired into the SPSS
> >code? Is this not a default for a path that could be defined using an
> >environment variable (in the way that SPSS_ROOT is used for example)?
> >We have to maintain over 100 applications on our systems, and if several
> >packages required special directories like this it would become very
> >difficult to know what belonged to what - and there could even be clashes.
> >What's to stop another application deciding that it wants to put some of
> >its files in a directory called /dvx?
> >Does SPSS have any plans to sort this out? Is there an environment
> >variable we can set to tell SPSS to find these files somewhere under
> >/opt/SPSS for example? Or are we really going to have to create the
> >directory /dvx on every workstation, and try to remember that this is part
> >of the SPSS installation?
> >Cathy Thompson Electronic mail: Cathy.Thompson@durham.ac.uk
> >Post: I T Service, Science Site, Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LE, England
> >Phone: Durham (0191 or +44 191) 374 2889, Secretary: 374 2892, Fax: 374 3741