My guess would be that you have quite a few PDFs, which Spotlight is re-indexing, which calls up ATSServer.
I'd say, one night, before you go to sleep, re-index your entire drive and let it work until it's done.
Yea so that didn't work for me
Sorry it didn't work. Let's try something else.
The runaway process has something to do with Apple Type Services. I assume that "genatsdb" means something along the lines of "generate ATS database". So perhaps the issue is not indexing PDFs (which would be Spotlight calling on ATS), but your font collections themselves.
So, first, I'd read Kurt Lang's paper on managing fonts
Then I'd prune my font collection of all possibly dubious or defect fonts, after which I'd follow the instructions on completely removing all font caches. And then, test again…
yea i tried removing the font caches with the program font nuke and removed the suitcase caches. Restarted many times but still no cigar. I wonder if I will have to restore to an earlier time when this wasn't happening. Or does anyone else have suggestions??? I am still getting this process appearing multiple times in my system monitor and it is using 96% or more of my battery when activated. I can hear the fan running as well still
Thank you for your help thus far
I don't know what Font Nuke does; it may be an excellent programme, but I prefer to use Terminal commands, when I know exactly what is being done. Also, make sure to disable and remove any font managers (eg, Suitcase), and check your fonts for defects. If you're missing fonts, figure out why. Keep in mind that, deleting the font caches may clear corruption in the caches, but if you have a problematic font, the issue may re-occur.
A couple of questions, OK:
1. Do you have a font manager on there (like Suitcase)? Or are you just using Font Book application that came with your Mac?
2. Have you opened up Font Book to check for duplicates?
3. How do you know you are missing some fonts? And which Library are you missing fonts from? You have three: HD > Library > Fonts; HD > System > Library > Fonts (which you should NEVER touch); and HD > Users >YourName (Home Folder) > Library > Fonts.
Looks like I have just font book. The reason I know I am missing fonts is because I looked in one of the folders at the time. I don't know which one but either way I put fonts in there via a document that was referred to me if you look up at the previous pots. Looks like when I opened font book that I do have some duplicate fonts to resolve. I will go ahead and do that. Thanks for your help
ok here you go....
Apple Braille Outline 6 Dot.ttf
Apple Braille Outline 8 Dot.ttf
Apple Braille Pinpoint 6 Dot.ttf
Apple Braille Pinpoint 8 Dot.ttf
Geeza Pro Bold.ttf
Helvetica LT MM
Times LT MM
ヒラギノ明朝 ProN W3.otf
ヒラギノ明朝 ProN W6.otf
ヒラギノ角ゴ ProN W3.otf
ヒラギノ角ゴ ProN W6.otf
Well thanks for everyone's help so far. It appears that the problem has resolved itself sometimes after deleting the duplicated fonts. I noticed the operating system stopped running the process in the background at the full CPU %. My battery also lasts the appropriate amount of time. Thanks again. Let me know if there is anything else i should do.