X9: A Shaggy TeX story... We had just got our new UNIX boxes installed. Impressive beasts - RISC architecture, colour screens, fast cached hard disks, and The X-window System version 11.4. I was working on some TeX documents, and decided to try out TeX on the new machines. I transferred my documents from my home machine, and ran them through TeX. All seemed fine, so I started up the previewer and loaded my document. The previewer blurted out a warning message, and bombed out with a core dump... Undeterred, I tried printing the document - it printed perfectly. There followed a period of painstaking research, during which I systematically tried out sections of the document, running them through the previewer to see what it could and could not cope with. A tedious task, but by using a "binary search" type of algorithm I managed to home in on the problem quite quickly. Eventually, to cut a long story short, I discovered that the previewer used X-window display fonts, and that the X font routines were crashing with a warning message when asked to display characters from the German language - my document had included several names with accented characters. In particular, the accent on the `o' in `G\"odel' had caused it to crash. All of this demonstrates the truth of the old adage: You can't make an umlaut without breaking X.