FontForge crashing on Delete, Shift, Arrows....

cdavidson's picture

Hi all,
I just downloaded FontForge again (FontForge_macunivX.5-20090923.pkg.zip on the FontForge website). I'm running Mac OS 10.6.4 on a MacBook Pro Intel Core 2 Duo.

FontForge seems to be VERY unstable... not the way I remember it. Whenever I press the Delete key, it quits. And the same thing happens with the Shift key and any Arrow key. I haven't tried any more keys but I assume that others will cause it to quit as well.

Has anyone else had this problem or know of how to fix it?

Many thanks
Cale

cdavidson's picture

Problem solved. Discovered a release for 10.6 hiding in a 'Previous Releases' folder:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/fontforge/files/fontforge-executables/ol...

sooshi's picture

I have a Macbook pro 10.6.4 (same). After the install, the error message says it will not work on "this type" of machine. …works on the iMac, though.

cuttlefish's picture

It is unfortunate that George has declined to update the pre-compiled builds of FontForge for almost a year now, but I understand how difficult it is to maintain. It doesn't help that each version of MacOS X makes such significant changes to X11 and Python. That being said, I have yet to figure out how to properly compile the program from source. There have been many feature enhancements since the last build, and I haven't been able to take advantage of them.

Khaled Hosny's picture

I don't know about macs, but on Linux once having initial build environment set up (which comes down to apt-get install build-essential and apt-get build-dep fontforge for Debian/Ubuntu), building and installing it from source is straight forward. I always build from CVS myself and don't wait for releases, which means early exposure to bugs but that is fine for me.

hyoumoku's picture

I stumbled to this thread while googling. I'm using Linux Mint 9 XFCE & I'm having trouble with the program FontForge. It also keeps crashing when I press Shift among others as what was mentioned from CaleD.

I tried doing what you said Khaled Hosny - I tried apt-get install build-essential and it was was okay - all updated and no changes made. But when I tried apt-get build-dep fontforge at terminal but it always gives me "E: You must put some 'source' URIs in your sources.list"

Any suggestion what I should do? Khaled Hosny?

Khaled Hosny's picture

The instructions above for building FontForge from source, so it will not magically solve your issues. As for the apt error, it seems you don't have source repositories enabled (these repositories contains source code of the binary packages), you can enable them from the Software Sources tool.

hyoumoku's picture

Khaled Hosny,

>>> The instructions above for building FontForge from source, so it will not magically solve your issues.
> I know it won't magically solve my issues that's why I'm finding alternatives. Already tried downloading and installing older versions of FontForge but always ended up having errors while building. I've spent almost 2 entire days trying to figure this out through endless google but I think with the current situation I'm in, it's now time to ask on forums since I'm going nowhere and kinda wasting time going in circles.

>>> As for the apt error, it seems you don't have source repositories enabled (these repositories contains source code of the binary packages), you can enable them from the Software Sources tool.
> The link you gave by the way is broken ^^;; In either case I've tried to enable it from the Software Sources tool but ended up having "E: Unable to find a source package for fontforge" error. Would it be alright to ask what is the url needed to be added in the "other software" page? I already googled but couldn't get good results.

Thank you.

Khaled Hosny's picture

Just check the "Source code" check box.

BTW, I'm running Ubuntu and I never encountered this FontForge bug, can you explain more how to reproduce it?

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