[NTG-context] MacOsX Mavericks and Luatex

Otared Kavian otared at gmail.com
Fri Oct 25 15:01:33 CEST 2013

Hi everyone,

I installed MacOS X 10.9 « Mavericks » on top of the latest MacOS X 10.8, and could run my installation of ConTeXt stand alone without any problem, despite having Skia.ttf on my system:

	Version	8.0d1e1
	Location	/Library/Fonts/Skia.ttf
	Unique name	Skia Regular; 8.0d1e1; 2012-09-05
	Copyright	© 1993-2002 Apple Inc.
	Enabled	Yes
	Duplicate	No
	Copy protected	No
	Glyph count	591

The rights for this font are:

	-rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel   480K 25 oct 04:56 Skia.ttf

(these rights are the same as other fonts, and clearly I never changed these…).
I also made anew the formats after having installed Mavericks, and did not notice any problem with a dozen tests I did.
So it seems that the cases in which problems have shown up are quite various.
The version of ConTeXt I have now is ConTeXt  ver: 2013.10.15 13:52 MKIV beta  fmt: 2013.10.25

(By the way, even after running first-setup.sh, I get always the same version… This may be due to the fact that I am in China right now?).

A last word regarding the requests for changing the defaults for system fonts.
The present situation has the advantage that people who are far from being geeks (for instance like me and the secretaries to whom I have shown how to use ConTeXt) can use whatever fonts they have on their system without tweaking the .cnf file, and without knowing how to write a typescript (thanks to the features added recently by Wolfgang). 
People who have the  technical knowledge and don’t want to use their system fonts because of waste of typesetting time, can indeed change this default behaviour.
So PLEASE don’t change the present default!

Best regards: OK

On 25 oct. 2013, at 16:49, Taco Hoekwater <taco at elvenkind.com> wrote:

> On 10/24/2013 10:00 AM, Wolfgang Schuster wrote:
>> Am 24.10.2013 um 09:45 schrieb Pierre Bovet <pierre67 at me.com>:
>>> OK, that was not a good example…
>>> But the the message above is coming with any other otf fonts:
>>> fonts           > names > globbing path '/Library/Fonts/**.ttf'
>>> mtx-context     | fatal error: no return code, message: luatex: execution interrupted
>> Can you remove the Skia.ttf (copy it to another directory) font from /Library/Fonts,
>> this helped on my system to get rid of the error message.
> It is definitely Skia.ttf itself, and not its permissions. After my
> upgrade to Mavericks, I got a fresh Skia.ttf (491796 bytes), and even
> though the permissions were fine (644), it crashes luatex, standalone
> fontforge, and ttx.
> Actually, changing the file permissions to 000 (not readable by anyone)
> fixed context's use of system fonts.
> ttx says: TT instructions error: 'illegal opcode: 0x91'; texlua and
> fontforge just crash on an undefined glyph in the internals of the font.
> Best wishes,
> Taco
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