Quick Tip: Fix an Apple Software Restore font issue

This tip is courtesy of macosxhints.com user "winddog" describing a solution to a font issue when attempting to use Apple Software Restore with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

This tip is courtesy of macosxhints.com user "winddog" describing a solution to a font issue when attempting to use Apple Software Restore with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. An error stating that the font, Lucida Grande, has been changed and restored is seen when booting from an imaged drive and logging into each user account on your Mac.

This issue arises when Apple Software Restore is used from the command line in Terminal or run from the restore tab in Disk Utility in Snow Leopard. According to "winddog" there are two ways to fix the issue:

  1. Run Disk Utility from the 10.6 install disc: this insures that all caches are in sync.
  2. In Terminal, do this:
    rm -rf /Volumes/some_drive/private/var/folders/*
    This removes the font caches from the users' accounts.
Comments on this post suggest users can also simply boot your Mac in Safe Mode (which empties font caches) or use third party maintenance utilities like Onyx or YASU. User "garritdewitt" posts this suggestion in the comments:
What you've described and similar problems usually stem from cloning a volume while you're started up from it, or not properly preparing your master volume before you create your deployable disk image.

So, you can avoid this completely if you start up from another volume and prepare the master volume before you create the disk image with Disk Utility or hdiutil.

Preparing the master image involves removing system caches in /System/Library and /Library, and temporary folders in /var/folders and /tmp.

So, this isn't an asr problem at all. ASR is simply copying the blocks or files of items on a HFS-type volume. Check out the Apple Developer site for more information about asr.


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