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FontForge binaries for Windows and OSX

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FontForge binaries for Windows and OSX

Postby FipS on Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:46 pm

I've been recently doing some batch processing of TrueType fonts and came across FontForge, which is a really nice font editor with powerful scripting possibilities, exactly the kind of program one needs.

It's all great except one thing: FontForge is distributed in the form of source code. It's too bad for a spoilt Windows user like me :) so I've started looking for binaries.

For Windows it's quite simple, here's an unofficial self-contained package ready for use!

For OSX the situation is much tougher, you need either to build it yourself or get pre-build binaries somewhere (I got mine using MacPorts). If your goal is the same as mine to have a self-contained package that is easy to copy between multiple computers (e.g as a part of shared environment), the joy doesn't end here as the main FontForge executable refers its dynamic modules using absolute paths, which brings a lot of inconvenient dependencies.

So I've decided to break these dependencies step by step:

1) Here's a list of binaries to deal with (copy them to the same dir):
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fontforge
libICE.6.dylib
libSM.6.dylib
libX11.6.dylib
libXau.6.dylib
libXdmcp.6.dylib
libXext.6.dylib
libXi.6.dylib
libXt.6.dylib
libfontforge.1.dylib
libgdraw.4.dylib
libgunicode.3.dylib
libgutils.1.dylib
libiconv.2.dylib
libintl.8.dylib
libxcb.1.dylib
libxkbfile.1.dylib
libxkbui.1.dylib

2) Get a list of modules referred by FontForge by typing this:
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otool -L fontforge

Output:
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fontforge:
/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/CoreServices (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 44.0.0)
/System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.framework/Versions/A/Carbon (compatibility version 2.0.0, current version 152.0.0)
/opt/local/lib/libfontforge.1.dylib (compatibility version 2.0.0, current version 2.0.0)
/opt/local/lib/libgdraw.4.dylib (compatibility version 5.0.0, current version 5.10.0)
/opt/local/lib/libgutils.1.dylib (compatibility version 2.0.0, current version 2.3.0)
/opt/local/lib/libgunicode.3.dylib (compatibility version 4.0.0, current version 4.2.0)
/opt/local/lib/libintl.8.dylib (compatibility version 10.0.0, current version 10.1.0)
/usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 125.2.11)
/opt/local/lib/libXi.6.dylib (compatibility version 8.0.0, current version 8.0.0)
/opt/local/lib/libXext.6.dylib (compatibility version 11.0.0, current version 11.0.0)
/opt/local/lib/libxkbui.1.dylib (compatibility version 2.0.0, current version 2.0.0)
/opt/local/lib/libXt.6.dylib (compatibility version 7.0.0, current version 7.0.0)
/opt/local/lib/libSM.6.dylib (compatibility version 7.0.0, current version 7.1.0)
/opt/local/lib/libICE.6.dylib (compatibility version 10.0.0, current version 10.0.0)
/opt/local/lib/libxkbfile.1.dylib (compatibility version 2.0.0, current version 2.2.0)
/opt/local/lib/libX11.6.dylib (compatibility version 10.0.0, current version 10.0.0)
/opt/local/lib/libxcb.1.dylib (compatibility version 3.0.0, current version 3.0.0)
/opt/local/lib/libXau.6.dylib (compatibility version 7.0.0, current version 7.0.0)
/opt/local/lib/libXdmcp.6.dylib (compatibility version 7.0.0, current version 7.0.0)
/opt/local/lib/libiconv.2.dylib (compatibility version 8.0.0, current version 8.1.0)
/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreFoundation.framework/Versions/A/CoreFoundation (compatibility version 150.0.0, current version 550.43.0)

3) Get rid of all the inconvenient '/opt/local/lib/' by typing this:
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install_name_tool -change /opt/local/lib/libintl.8.dylib @executable_path/libintl.8.dylib fontforge

Output after 'otool -L fontforge':
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fontforge:
/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/CoreServices (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 44.0.0)
/System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.framework/Versions/A/Carbon (compatibility version 2.0.0, current version 152.0.0)
@executable_path/libfontforge.1.dylib (compatibility version 2.0.0, current version 2.0.0)
@executable_path/libgdraw.4.dylib (compatibility version 5.0.0, current version 5.10.0)
@executable_path/libgutils.1.dylib (compatibility version 2.0.0, current version 2.3.0)
@executable_path/libgunicode.3.dylib (compatibility version 4.0.0, current version 4.2.0)
@executable_path/libintl.8.dylib (compatibility version 10.0.0, current version 10.1.0)
/usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 125.2.11)
@executable_path/libXi.6.dylib (compatibility version 8.0.0, current version 8.0.0)
@executable_path/libXext.6.dylib (compatibility version 11.0.0, current version 11.0.0)
@executable_path/libxkbui.1.dylib (compatibility version 2.0.0, current version 2.0.0)
@executable_path/libXt.6.dylib (compatibility version 7.0.0, current version 7.0.0)
@executable_path/libSM.6.dylib (compatibility version 7.0.0, current version 7.1.0)
@executable_path/libICE.6.dylib (compatibility version 10.0.0, current version 10.0.0)
@executable_path/libxkbfile.1.dylib (compatibility version 2.0.0, current version 2.2.0)
@executable_path/libX11.6.dylib (compatibility version 10.0.0, current version 10.0.0)
@executable_path/libxcb.1.dylib (compatibility version 3.0.0, current version 3.0.0)
@executable_path/libXau.6.dylib (compatibility version 7.0.0, current version 7.0.0)
@executable_path/libXdmcp.6.dylib (compatibility version 7.0.0, current version 7.0.0)
@executable_path/libiconv.2.dylib (compatibility version 8.0.0, current version 8.1.0)
* now the FontForge itself has been fixed

4) Repeat the steps above for each dylib:
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otool -L libintl.8.dylib

libintl.8.dylib:
/opt/local/lib/libintl.8.dylib (compatibility version 10.0.0, current version 10.1.0)
/opt/local/lib/libiconv.2.dylib (compatibility version 8.0.0, current version 8.0.0)
/usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 125.2.1)
/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreFoundation.framework/Versions/A/CoreFoundation (compatibility version 150.0.0, current version 550.42.0)

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install_name_tool -id @executable_path/libintl.8.dylib libintl.8.dylib
install_name_tool -change /opt/local/lib/libiconv.2.dylib @executable_path/libiconv.2.dylib libintl.8.dylib

libintl.8.dylib:
@executable_path/libintl.8.dylib (compatibility version 10.0.0, current version 10.1.0)
@executable_path/libiconv.2.dylib (compatibility version 8.0.0, current version 8.0.0)
/usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 125.2.1)
/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreFoundation.framework/Versions/A/CoreFoundation (compatibility version 150.0.0, current version 550.42.0)

It's a tedious job, but after a while you've got a nice self-contained FontForge package for OSX!
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