I'm trying to change the Arabic font on OSX Catalina from the default Geeza Pro to the (system provided) much nicer looking DecoType Naskh.

However I'm unable to disable Geeza, nor make any changes in the /Fonts directory even as root with SIP disabled. There are no other actions on the fonts to say which one is default.

Is there a way to do this?

  • You can change system/Library/fonts while booted into another install of macos. Mar 30, 2020 at 23:01
  • @TomGewecke like recovery mode ?
    – silkroad
    Mar 31, 2020 at 11:40
  • I think you need to boot from a separate partition / volume. I don't know if recovery mode would work. Mar 31, 2020 at 12:19
  • @silkroad Recovery Mode is another volume. I tested it and moved DecoTypeNaskh from the ./Fonts/Supplemental to the ./Fonts folder and rebooted. However, after moving to Arabic nothing changed really (I tried to use the ٩ to detect differences because DecoType Naskh's ٩ doesn't really have a (typographic) counter in contrary to Geeza's ٩)
    – klanomath
    Apr 23, 2020 at 0:19


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