[OS X TeX] The Font Cache Problem

Dr. Clea F. Rees cfrees at imapmail.org
Sun Apr 13 18:43:37 EDT 2008

For the fainter, but not entirely faint, of heart, there is Trimmit.app
with various options, including one to slim fat binaries. I can't get
this to work on anything other than real application packages, though.
It works quite nicely on itself. Generally,  you can simply drop an
application on it,, choose the options you want and let it work. The
backup option is *highly* recommended. Some applications don't work
properly after slimming.

- cfr

On 13/04/08, you seem to have written:

> On Apr 13, 2008, at 14:11 , Adam M. Goldstein wrote:
>> On Apr 13, 2008, at 3:49 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>>> On Apr 13, 2008, at 3:32 PM, Richard Koch wrote:
>>>> Is anyone having font problems on Intel Leopard machines but can 
>>>> guarantee that none of their standard apps use Rosetta?
>>> My wife has a brand new iMac running on Leopard.
>>> She is going home a couple of weeks ahead of me so I could install 
>>> Wierda's  "minimum installation" and work on her machine for a while to 
>>> see.
>>> But what is Rosetta? Right now, I think that she has only NeoOffice and 
>>> VLC.
>> Rosetta is the software Apple provides so that Intel machines can run PPC 
>> applications. You will use it without knowing it if you run an application 
>> that's not compiled for Intel or is a universal binary (i.e. is compiled 
>> for use on G4, G5, etc.), and you're on an Intel machine.
> Rosetta is used 'automatically' as Adam says.  For an 'application' (i.e., 
> "foo.app") that is listed as "universal", you can 'get info' in Finder, and 
> you should see a check-box to "open using Rosetta".  You can force the use of 
> Rosetta by setting the checkbox, but AFAIK, you can't force the non-use of 
> Rosetta, except by some fancy footwork (well, hand-work) at the keyboard to 
> turn a universal app into an architecture-specific app.
> For non-".app" programs (e.g., the stuff in texlive's "bin" directory), the 
> Finder does not provide the Rosetta checkbox (or at least, I don't know how 
> to get it to show up).
> However, the system *will* run a chunk of PowerPC code using Rosetta, so it 
> might be worthwhile to check the code that "might" be run during a TeX 
> compilation to see whether it's pure PowerPC or Universal.
> FWIW, on my Intel system, all of "binary" executables in "/usr/texbin" are 
> pure i386.  Binaries elsewhere are typically universal.  I have seen the 
> system decide to run some code with Rosetta when it isn't necessary, but that 
> usually has been fixable by checking and clearing the Rosetta box.
> For the not-so-faint-of-heart (command-line operations), one can "lipo" 
> universal binaries to extract the intel versions.  Something like the 
> following will work:
>  mv /path/to/binary /somewhere/else
>  cd /somewhere/else
>  lipo binary -extract i386 binary-i386
>  mv binary-i386 /path/to/binary
> Once this is straightened out, you could mv the universal binary back where 
> it belongs.
> Justin
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