[OS X TeX] Re: svg to pdf

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Sat Jul 15 07:27:43 EDT 2006

Am 15.07.2006 um 06:00 schrieb Ross Moore:

> I couldn't get it to launch as an X11 application, but that
> is no hindrance to command-line use.

Was X11 already running? Did you allow to fc-cache the fonts in your  
system? The first time this can take many minutes, half an hour ...  
the following times inkscape wastes again many minutes and it seems  
that it launches fc-cache every time you choose a font, maybe  
creating a file ~/.inkscape/.fccache prevents this behaviour. The  
fontconfig file can be found in /etc/fonts (on Tiger). Every user can  
have a private ~/.fonts.conf file.

X11R6 provides man pages for


Making ~/.fonts.conf and/or /etc/fonts/fonts.conf look right might  
allow to use Windows/Linux xdvipdfmx for XeTeX in Mac OS X.

Have you looked into the script /Applications/Inkscape.app/Contents/ 
Resources/bin/inkscape? Or which libraries /Applications/Inkscape.app/ 
Contents/Resources/bin/inkscape-bin uses? There is also the  / 
Applications/Inkscape/Inkscape.app/Contents/Resources/extensions folder.

There is a problem with the preferences: the window is partially  
behind the Mac OS X tool-bar. It might not work to set any, because  
to close this window you'll need to (x)kill the application! (Fink's  
elder inkscape behaves more sane. And it has inkview, an SVG viewer.)



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