MathType Found to "Appear Incompatible" by Alsoft DiskWarrior
The information in this document applies to:
|MathType 3.x (Mac)
||Alsoft DiskWarrior (Mac)
Many customers have used the Mac File Manager Compatibility Checker from Alsoft's
DiskWarrior to verify that MathType is compatible with Mac OS 9. The program issues an error message that describes MathType as
The short answer is that we have tested MathType 3.x with OS 9 and have not
found any problems. You can safely ignore this error.
The longer answer is that Mac OS 9 adds some new file system features: the
ability to simultaneously access a larger number of files and the ability to
access individual files that are larger than 2 GB. This is accurately reported
by Alsoft. However, neither of these features has any impact on most
applications, including MathType.
Alsoft's compatibility checker tests each application to see if it makes use
of particular Mac system functions that it considers indicative of possible
compatibility problems, according to their tech support department. The
particular system function that appears to cause their compatibility checker to
report MathType as incompatible is LMGetFSFCBLen. However, we have found that
MathType's use of this function is legal and compatible. It simply tests the
value returned by this function to see whether it is greater than zero as a test for the
presence of HFS (Hierarchical File System). This use is allowed, as described in
Apple's Tech Note 1184,
to which Alsoft's web site also refers. It says, "FSFCBLen has a documented
use (to test for the presence of HFS, as described earlier) and continues to
work for that use."
We have contacted Alsoft, asking them to address this situation. If you have
further questions about Alsoft's Mac OS 9 File Manager Compatibility Checker,
please contact their technical support staff at Tech.Support@Alsoft.com.