[TxMt] Help! Font rendering suddenly degraded. Have deleted ATS caches.

Michael Johnston lastobelus at mac.com
Fri Dec 14 21:28:18 UTC 2007


I've happily used textmate for about 2 years now and I love it --  
thank you macromates for a great tool.

Last night in the middle of a work session the font rendering of  
textmate suddenly degraded. It now looks like this:
(I use QuickType mono)


This is what it looked like before, more or less, and still looks like  
in textedit (but without syntax coloring of course:


Has anyone encountered this issue before? What things can I try to get  
back to normal?

All fonts are affected, not just QuickType mono

1. Running 10.5 on a macbook pro

2. Happened during a time machine backup. I mention this because I had  
problems with ATS server and the font caches while getting Time  
machine backups working, where ats would start consuming a whole core  
for hours and have to be killed. This was a week ago, and that problem  
seemed to go away after deleting all Cache folders, turning off  
spotlight indexing & backing up of Cache folders etc.

3. I've already deleted the ATS caches & rebooted as per the wiki page

I'm in a bit of a panic -- have a lot of work to do in two projects  
and doing it with my most important productivity tool crippled is a  
terrifying prospect :/

(I'm sure there are going to be people who don't think the first text  
is much harder to read than the second, but it is for me and the font  
rendering is one of the top 5 reasons I use a mac, so this is not  
intended to open that whole discussion. I just want to know how to get  
back what I'm used to looking at 8 hours a day :))


Michael Johnston
lastobelus at mac.com

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