Last updated 28June03 (2 days after my hack here).
System and/or font anomolies to date:
ZERO! No problems whatsoever (as of September 9, 2003).
Please BACKUP your HardDrive, System, Font Folders and Data BEFORE even thinking about hacking your Panther Jaguar System 10 fonts the following workflow is for advanced Mac users only who REQUIRE critical font control.
Alon www.keyadvertising.com seems to have solved [my] Xfont confusion.
Fonts and OS X, Alon said:
Alon referred us to Apple's: Mac OS X: Font Locations and Their Purposes (Doc# 106417).
HOWEVER, Ann Shelbourne and Gary Smith site Apple's Mac OS X Font Handling and Management: Technology Brief (Doc# 75494) that states (Harddrive> System> Library> Fonts) can be replaced.
Gary Smith added:
Further, Apple's Using and Managing Fonts in Mac OS X seems to offer more pieces of the puzzle.
And, Apple's Mac OS X: Issues After System Fonts Removed or Relocated (Doc# 25486) may offer help to troubleshoot a bad hack.
There seems to be three major choices for font management utilities for 10x:
Having tried Suitcase and Font Reserve, I prefer Suitcase for its simplistic interface.
Plus, Suitcase hasn't crashed yet, Font Reserve 3.1.1 Unexpectedly Quit on my workstation on a regular basis.
Of course, when Panther's (OS 10.3) FONT BOOKapple.com releases, things may change again....
Ann Shelbourne offers some sage font troubleshooting advice:
I think I just nailed fonts under X.2.6.
Here's my own experience:
HD> System> Fonts folder:
I replaced Courier, Helvetica, Impact, Symbol, Times, ZapfDingbats dFonts with Adobe T1 fonts.
All other X-font folders have been purged leaving zero fonts there.
This gives me "System-only" fonts activated (sound familiar?).
Extensis Suitcase 10.2.2:
With only the System fonts activated:
I permanently activate those two sets so I can open Word and Explorer without lags.
No other applications Auto Activated any nonSystem fonts when merely opening each application.
Some applications Auto Activated fonts when opening documents that contained deactivated fonts.
Missing and Duplicate warnings work as expected.
This is providing [me] a clear window into HOW my fonts are working under 10.2.
Thanks again to everyone who helped me get this, especially Alon, Ann and Gary.
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