[tex-live] [texhax] No more delays for Tex in Vista

Philip TAYLOR P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Fri Nov 7 16:10:13 CET 2008

If Nader's hypothesis is correct, this utility


may be useful to avoid having to move a file twice.

I have tried "touch.exe", and it certainly updates
the date of the named font, so it would be well
worth trying to see if it can really resolve the
"fcache" problem.

Nader Fard wrote:

> Dear Friends,

> One of my friends who does some programming for our websites found the 
> solution for the delay in vista. I tried it and it works very well. No 
> delays any more ;p) could you please post these lines on to your 
> websites and mailing lists for those who might bump in to this problem? 
> Here are the short lines:

> hi there, found a solution! :)
> man, that was a mind blowing thing
> the solution is pretty simple:

> 1. You need to move one of the fonts from C:\Windows\Fonts to Desktop
> 2. Delete it from C:\Windows\Fonts
> 3. Drag it back from Desktop into Fonts
> 4. Run fc-cache, the "Failed to write cache" message should disappear 
> and xetex should run properly

> Basically, the modified timestamp on the Windows Fonts needs to be 
> brought up-to-date for fc-cache to work

> in Linux it is easier to modify it, because you have a "touch" command 
> but in Windows, you need to use the solution above

> btw, don't move an essential font (e.g. Arial), move a more obscure one, 
> like "Vladimir Script"

> hope this works for you,
> Thanks
> Nader

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