Commands on server and lack of examples

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Thu Nov 14 20:47:15 EST 2019

Mark Wieder wrote:

> Having looked into this a bit previously, it's somewhat more involved
> even than that. There a interlocking pieces among (at least) libskia,
> libcairo, and libharfbuzz, all of which jostle each other to make sure
> there is a complete list of fonts available in the native system. I
> haven't yet seen a way to change this behavior without modifying the
> third-party libraries themselves.

Are those libraries loaded from code, or from something in the make 

> I believe the problem Richard is referring to (RG: correct me if I'm
> wrong about this) is that on startup the engine (and this includes the
> server engine) queries the system for the various places where fonts
> might be stored, then iterates through the list of locations and makes
> a list of all the available fonts on the computer *and* the alternates
> for the fonts it might need for display. I also see the libraries 
> launched
> again for every extension loaded by the system.

Wow. Even worse than I'd thought.

LC Server is such a wonderful tool, I feel it could provide a great way 
to introduce other devs to chunk expressions and more.  But after that 
experience on a popular shared host that couldn't handle LC's resource 
usage, I began to feel dismayed by the prospects.

If we can't find a solution in the engine, at least we have a workaround 
with a custom font config file. But it's so many extra steps to set that 
up it rather kills the joy of LC's simplicity.

   Richard Gaskin
   Fourth World Systems
   Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
   Ambassador at       

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