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Why can I only install 256 fonts on my NeXT?

Included to NS3.0 there's a new 'buildafm'-routine (for non-NeXTers: 'buildafm' is a shell script which announces a new font to the computer) at /usr/bin/buildafmdir. The new one only allows to install about 256 fonts. Running the new 'buildafmdir' to install a new font surpresses every font above this number. Workaround: Re-install the 'old buildafmdir' from NS2.1 at /usr/bin/buildafmdir and everything should be fine!

(thanks to: Rob Parkhill and d'Art Computers/Germany d'art)

[ed: and my thanks to Borris Balzer for sending this to me]

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