OSX: Inskcape startup directory name cannot contain & or ƒ

Bug #168050 reported by Bug Importer on 2006-10-23
This bug affects 2 people
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Michael Wybrow

Bug Description

Having a problem getting Inkscape to start up. X11
loads without fail whether opening Inkscape or the X11
app itself. Upon initial installation, Inkscape
requests that it run fc-cache. I allow the process to
complete, at which time I am asked to restart Inkscape.
I go to restart the program, and it loads, but sits
there for a few seconds then quits.

I've had problems getting previous versions of inkscape
to start up in the past. I don't recall how I overcame
the issue, but for a while it ran fine, then later
broke on me for reasons I cannot determine. No luck at
all with this latest release.

See attached log for details...

John A.
<email address hidden>

OSX 10.4.8
Dual 450 MHz PowerPC G4

Bug Importer (bug-importer) wrote :

I have a similar problem. I downloaded the latest Mac OS X build, unpacked
it, started it up. It too asked me to run the fc-cache, which I okay, then
it just crashes. It remains running as an application but appears as "not
responding" when I look into my running process in the Activity Monitor
application. So, I have to force quit Inkscape, but X11 gives me no

I'm running a 1.5 GHz PowerPC G4 with Mac OS 10.4.8. Thanx

N. M. - <email address hidden>

Bug Importer (bug-importer) wrote :

At least I'm not alone then. I have another machine, a Dual 2.0 G5 running
Panther, 10.3.9 I believe, and it has no problems with the latest build of
Inkscape at all. Could it be a support problem with older PPC machines, IE
a problem with the latest OSX OS itself? I can run other X11 apps such as
Gimp and OpenOffice without any problems on the G4... hrm.

Sometimes when starting up Inkscape and seeing it crash, it leaves running
quartz-wm or an activity called sleep is repeatedly launched over and over
again. I hope that helps improve the focus.

John A. (Original Poster)
<email address hidden>

JiHO (jiho) wrote :

Originator: NO


This seems to be a problem with the folder in whihc Inkscape is. Could you
try to move Inkscape to /Applications instead of /Applications/Graphic
In addition path checks were added in recent versions so this sould be
Let me know if we can close this.

JiHO (jiho) wrote :

Originator: NO

The special characters involved here are & and ƒ.
We need to either add a FAQ or escape them properly... but escaping every
single possibility will be difficult.

Michael Wybrow (mjwybrow) wrote :

Originator: NO

I already modified the launcher code to escape several other problematic
characters, and ran into one case I couldn't fix due to OSX's use of
directory seperators (see

We can try just escaping these characters, but maybe we need to coe up
with a more general fix for this problem.

JiHO (jiho) wrote :

Originator: NO

I agree a generic method is suited. Does putting everything around quotes
everywhere could help?
For the other bug, I think we can assume that it is generally unsafe to
use slashes in a path, to add a FAQ and close the other bug. What do people

JiHO (jiho) wrote :

Originator: NO

Added a FAQ and lowering priority accordingly

nightrow (jb-benoit) on 2007-12-16
Changed in inkscape:
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: bug-migration
Changed in inkscape:
status: Confirmed → Invalid
grey tomorrow (gtomorrow) wrote :

Closing because INVALID: Can't replicate.

Tested on 1.0beta2 (074b463, 2020-02-02), macOS 10.12.6 (16G2136)

If you feel this issue has been injustly closed, please feel free to open a new issue at http://inkscape.org/report . Thank you.

Closed by: https://gitlab.com/greytomorrow

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