Something happened to my font book

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mersea, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. mersea macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2005
    So, I was trying to find out about font book, and I read that you should touch the fonts in your computer library, so I went back to enable all the fonts I'd disabled before learning this (Hebrew and other random fonts I'd never need). So I ctrl-click on the first and click enable.. the computer starts thinking (wtv, fine) then font book closes on its own. I reopen it and now I'm seeing that alot of fonts are missing... alot. I now only have 19 in my computer library and none in my user library.. Right now I'm freaking out.. I'm not positive but the font here on macrumors seems different than before.. taller..

    What shall I do?
  2. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.

    Isn't there an install fonts package on the Tiger DVD?
  3. mersea thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2005
    I shall look..

    Apparently not.. non that I can find anyways.. (on the actual dvd).. unless its somewhere on the computer and you need the dvd in to use it...
  4. mersea thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2005
    I hate to double post.. but since nobody here seems to be able to help me (and I'd rather not have to do a reinstall), could anybody point in the right direction to get help? My 90 days of free support have run out... and I live in Canada so no Mac Stores nearby..
  5. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Mac OS X Install DVD:System:Library:Fonts (you can drag those to System:Library:Fonts on your own drive)

    Also you can run Mac OS X Install DVD:System:Installation:packages:AdditionalFonts.pkg

    I hope that's enough to replace what you need!

    EDIT: Okay, I found where the rest of them are hiding.

    In that System:Installation:packages folder on the DVD, you'll also find Essentials.pkg. You may not want to run and install the whole package, because it's got, like, everything in it.

    If you would like to retrieve only the fonts (I'm assuming Tiger here), here's what you could do:
    1. Somewhere convenient (say, inside your Documents folder) create a folder that we'll call "arrgh" because it seems appropriate.
    2. Control-click (or right-click) Essentials.pkg and pick "Show package contents"
    3. Go into the Contents folder you see there, and drag Archive.pax.gz to the arrgh folder you created above.
    4. Double-click on that copy of Archive.pax.gz and Tiger will expand it out to its component files (this will be more painful if you have an older OS X, I hope this is Tiger).
    5. Go get some coffee or something, this will take a while.
    6. You should now have a shiny new Archive folder, and inside there you will find Library:Fonts with a whole bunch of stuff you've been hoping to find. Drag the fonts to your own System:Library:Fonts
    7. It would be a good idea to repair permissions from Disk Utility now, because you just reinstalled stuff by hand that OS X would normally be handling.
    8. Oh yeah, you can delete that arrgh folder now, it's big.

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