[OS X TeX] OK to run fc-cache?

Ettore Aldrovandi ealdrov at mail.math.fsu.edu
Sat Nov 6 14:38:44 CET 2021


> On Nov 6, 2021, at 08:29, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:
>> On Nov 5, 2021, at 7:46 PM, Murray Eisenberg <murrayeisenberg at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 	fc-cache -f

>> If it is OK to run the command, the usual questions arises: run it with sudo or without?

I won’t harm anything, but it won’t do what you want, it will populate the X11 cache for X11 use. 

>> ---
>> Murray Eisenberg		murrayeisenberg at gmail.com
> Howdy,
> I believe fc-cache is used by Linux systems to set up font caches and isn't the thing to do with macOS. As a matter of fact the only fc-cache on my PATH is in X11.

fc-cache will work on macOS too, if X11 is there. On macOS, X11 is aware of system fonts and those under /Library/Fonts and ~/Library/Fonts too. This of course helps X11, so you can run xterm with, say, with Menlo fonts. 

Ettore Aldrovandi
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