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When running xelatex on our latex sources, we get the following error

kpathsea: Invalid fontname `<dictsym.pfb', contains '<'

** WARNING ** Could not locate a virtual/physical font for TFM "dictsym".
** WARNING ** >> This font is mapped to a physical font "<dictsym.pfb".
** WARNING ** >> Please check if kpathsea library can find this font: <dictsym.pfb
** ERROR ** Cannot proceed without .vf or "physical" font for PDF output...

Output file removed.

So the font file called <dictsym.pfb does not exist. Where does the less-than character come into there? At kpathsea/fontspec does not recognize a font whose name has a space in it, we have a question about a valid font name not being recognized, but the file name above appears to be corrupted.

Any help is appreciated.

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You probably have a faulty entry in dvipdfm.map (unlike the entries for pdftex it doesn't use <). – Ulrike Fischer Aug 2 '13 at 13:57
@UlrikeFischer i don't have that file at all. do I need to create it somehow? – Johannes Schaub - litb Aug 2 '13 at 14:09
You must have a map file somewhere. Which tex system are you using? – Ulrike Fischer Aug 2 '13 at 14:11
@UlrikeFischer i'm using texlive-xetex. – Johannes Schaub - litb Aug 2 '13 at 14:12
That's not really an exact description. Try to be a bit more precise regarding versions/os/dates. It's much to hot for a lot of ask-back questions. – Ulrike Fischer Aug 2 '13 at 14:18

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