[XeTeX] XeTeX segmentation faults

Adam Lindsay atl at comp.lancs.ac.uk
Tue Jun 15 12:03:01 CEST 2004

Jonathan Kew said this at Tue, 15 Jun 2004 10:04:02 +0100:

>On 15 Jun 2004, at 9:55 am, Adam Lindsay wrote:
>> Jonathan Kew said this at Tue, 15 Jun 2004 09:27:35 +0100:
>>> OK, that's helpful. I remember you mentioned that the samples using CM
>>> fonts worked OK, but others crashed; this is consistent with that
>>> behavior. It looks like there is a font installed in your system that
>>> is somehow confusing Apple Type Services; possibly a damaged/corrupt
>>> font file.
>> I know in my testing that a .pfb in one of the usual Library/Fonts
>> locations will consistently confuse some part of ATS. That might be
>> something to look for.
>Thanks for this tip, Adam; that's worth keeping in mind.
>Is there any reason to try installing .pfb's in Library/Fonts folders? 
>AFAIK, I don't think the OS can actually load them directly, can it? At 
>least it didn't seem to be able to when I tried some time back, and 
>that's why I started converting the CM and other .pfb's to .otf's for 
>XeTeX to use.

Nope, MacOS X doesn't know what to do with them, and they only cause
grief down the line (like the bug above--reported to Apple). I've had
.pfbs lying around in my font folders as side-products of installing mac
fonts for TeX the "hard" (i.e., pre-XeTeX) way, using fondu and cfftot1
as pre-processing steps before using texfont.

 Adam T. Lindsay                      atl at comp.lancs.ac.uk
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