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I have MacOSX Leopard, TeXShop and have copied the ifsym package to /usr/local/texlive/2009/texmf-dist/doc/latex/, downloaded from ftp://ftp.dante.de/tex-archive/help/Catalogue/entries/ifsym.html and successfully installed it etc. (updated my index: sudo texhash)

I tried to compile this piece of LaTeX code:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[geometry]{ifsym}
\begin{document}
$\FilledTriangleRight$
\end{document}

It compiles successfully but without the correct output, it prints a small italic letter 'd', I mean just d in the PDF.

Does anyone have an idea what I should do, so that it will print a filled triangle pointing to the left? (from the ifsym package of course, no others)

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Welcome to TeX.sx! I cleaned up your question a bit, I hope you don't mind. –  doncherry Sep 2 '11 at 14:02
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The commands of ifsym must not be used in math mode. If you need them in a formula, enclose them in \mbox. That's a not so nice "feature" of the package.

On an aside, you should be using tlmgr in order to install packages in TeX Live (or, on the Mac, TeX Live Utility that should be in your /Applications/TeX folder). Consider also to upgrade to TeX Live 2011 at http://tug.org/mactex

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Don't use math mode.

\documentclass{article}
 \usepackage[geometry]{ifsym}
 \begin{document}
\RightDiamond \FilledTriangleRight
 \end{document}

Btw: The fonts are bitmap fonts, they won't scale well in a pdf.

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