While tracking down a nagging problem with a certain app, I've discovered I have a corrupt system font. The app in question has data that is protected by a password, and the password seems to be corrupted; entering the correct password fails. I believe the corruption of the password is related to the corrupt font.
It's necessary for OSX and is probably the cause of my issue. However, getting a font from the install disks is a daunting task; so as a quick fix I'm hoping someone would like to offer to copy the file(s) and either email or post it on your dotmac account's shared folder.
There might (or might not; not sure) be an invisible file, and there's definitely a visible one.
file containing: keyboard.dfont
show visible and invisible files
If there is an invisible one let me know by posting here. I probably will need both if that's the case. If not, it's simple to go to the visible one at:
PM me and I will give you an eMail address. If there is an invisible one as well, you will probably have to pop both into a folder and compress it before eMailing it. You should be able to copy any invisible file from the Find result window (Option-click: copy then Option-click: paste into a new empty folder). If not, just attach the visible file.
Last edited by gordguide; Feb 18th, 2005 at 04:55 AM.
Reason: Problem Solved
For example one of them in your list is called:
Hiragino Mincho Pro W6.otf
... the ??? are chinese/japanese/etc characters which won't display in the font used by Terminal.
The ? comes from one of the system fonts, LastResort.dfont, which will display something in place of any character that the current font you're using can't.
Depending on how you installed and what languages you have active, you should have quite a few with a standard OSX 10.3 installation. You could have fewer or sometimes even more than this list, but here is the typical install:
31 fonts at System/Library/Fonts and another 78 at ~/Library/Fonts.
Add in any font in the Classic System/Fonts folder and most users are starting up with around 150 installed, before you add in any applications, many of which add some more, although not always in obvious places.
Anything from Microsoft or Adobe will throw in some more, for example, usually in the application's own folder or the Application Support folder. 250 fonts is pretty common in a basic working system.
At the other end of things, if you really are using your OSX system for specialized, dedicated purposes, you must have the 5 mentioned earlier but could conceivably delete the rest for speed optimization (because they load into memory at startup). Please don't consider that an invitation to delete fonts; if you don't know what you're doing it's going to cause problems with common things like web browsing.
Last edited by gordguide; Feb 19th, 2005 at 08:58 PM.
I prefer to leave the /System/Library/Fonts directory alone. Only current and reliable fonts will go into /Library/Fonts. The ~/Library/Fonts directory is where I place the rest. Some of the fonts I placed in my home fonts directory are very old, some from the early '90s. They seem to work fine for such old fonts...we'll see.