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    The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" does not exist.

    (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" does not exist.
    This appears in ones Xorg.0.log file. Yes, it's only a warning. Yes, it does nothing to ones system.

    But, this warning has been present in every release of Kubuntu I've used, starting with Edgy Eft. I used to be able to just edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and comment out the FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/cyrillic". But this file no longer exists on our newer Kubuntu's, yet the warning persists.

    So what file (now) contains this reference to the non-existent directory? And more to the point, why is this defunct reference still included?
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    Re: The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" does not exist.

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    Re: The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" does not exist.

    Oh, how history comes back around to tickle our fancies!

    Debian Bug report logs - #437410
    /usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1 does not exist
    version graphPackage: t1-cyrillic; Maintainer for t1-cyrillic is Anton Zinoviev <zinoviev@debian.org>; Source for t1-cyrillic is src:scalable-cyrfonts.
    Reported by: Dan Jacobson <jidanni@jidanni.org>
    Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2007 12:03:20 UTC
    Severity: wishlist
    Found in version scalable-cyrfonts/4.11
    Fixed in version 4.13
    Done: Anton Zinoviev <anton@lml.bas.bg>
    Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.
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    Message #40 received at 437410@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):
    From: Anton Zinoviev <anton@lml.bas.bg>
    To: jidanni@jidanni.org, 437410@bugs.debian.org
    Subject: Re: Bug#437410: closed by Anton Zinoviev <anton@lml.bas.bg>
    (Closing #437410: /usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1 does not exist)
    Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 20:56:48 +0200

    On Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 06:01:25AM +0800, jidanni@jidanni.org wrote:
    > AZ> No, everything is OK and xorg.conf and the messages are also OK. They
    > AZ> are simply a reminder that in some cases something could be wrong. For
    > AZ> the files in /var/log there is one simple rule: better to print
    > AZ> unnecessary messages than to omit something important.
    >
    > OK, but then one wonders why he gets messages about Cyrillic, but not
    > Thai, Lao etc., even though one uses just the standard xorg.conf, which
    > mentions none of them...

    There is no good reason but history. A long time ago the programs for X
    Window were not properly localized so in order to make them use
    non-Latin fonts one had to do some durty tricks, one of them being
    rearranging the directories in the FontPath. Thats why xfonts-cyrillic
    installed its fonts in a separate directory. There were no directories
    for Thai, Lao, etc. because there were Russian developers working for
    XFree86
    , but no Thai, Lao, etc. developers.

    Anton Zinoviev
    But that was "A long time ago" and this is now "The present" and the localization issues are no more, yes? So why is this 'historical left-over' still included in the Xorg configuration? If I were a purist, and I wanted to eliminate as many Xorg warnings (WW) as I could, I'd just create the referenced directory so it's 'found' and Xorg stops complaining about it's absence. But shouldn't the reference to it have been removed by now? And, back to my original question, what (current) configuration/start up file contains the check for this directory?
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