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Corrupted fonts cause iCal and Finder problems System
I was having some problems loading iCal; it kept quitting on me, with no information really with regards to a cause. Then, after it had quit, Aqua and my whole desktop would restart itself. The computer wouldn't restart, just the desktop. I found later that this occurred in other places too, like when I was trying to mount a WebDAV drive.

After doing some digging, it seems it was listed as a font problem. After working and working through, trying to find the fonts, what I discovered was that I had some bad fonts in the system. I found this when I tried to launch the actual application from the command line, and it gave me much better error output. I went through, cleaned out some extra fonts that had been put in there, and that fixed some of my problems. iCal was still crashing though.

After doing some digging, it turns out that in the /Library -> Fonts folder, HelveticaNeue.dfont had been corrupted and iCal depends on this file. I removed the file and copied a version over from a friend's machine. Voila, iCal started working, and so did the rest of my system, without any more crashes.

The hint here is that when you have problems with your system, crashing or otherwise, check your font files. You may be having problems because of bad fonts. I've posted a directory listing of what seems to be a valid set of fonts. Feel free to verify it against your own directory; this is current as of OS X 10.2.2.
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iCal also fails when Diablotin is used to suppress fonts
Authored by: Mitchell on Nov 19, '02 11:34:15AM

I use Diablotin to weed out the font list of fonts for languages I can't speak yet, never use, or find unattractive. I went through the same process to find that the lack of Helvetica Neue was crashing iCal. But putting it back lets iCal work fine, and now my font list in most applications is manageably small.

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iCal also fails when Diablotin is used to suppress fonts
Authored by: robertneill on Nov 19, '02 06:05:27PM

Yesterday I discovered that ICal refused to start. This is after I installed Diamond Soft's Font Reserve 3.1.1. Font Reserve moves all but 15 fonts from the System Fonts folder. Diamond Soft says that Apple's iApplications require Helvetica fonts to run. They get around this by auto activating fonts required by these applications and others.
The crash log said iCal crashed because it could not find the required Helvitica font. I permanently activated the Helvetica fonts using Font Reserve. Now iCal works. But Font Reserve for some reason is not auto activating for iCal. It works for the rest of the applications.

Thanks for your observations


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