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I was to use the package pifont to use \ding{52} in my document. However, when I use \usepackage{pifont}, I get the below error:

kpathsea: Running mktextfm pzdr
/usr/local/texlive/2008basic/texmf/web2c/mktexnam: Could not map source abbreviation  for pzdr.
/usr/local/texlive/2008basic/texmf/web2c/mktexnam: Need to update ?
mktextfm: Running mf-nowin -progname=mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pzdr
This is METAFONT, Version 2.718281 (Web2C 7.5.7)

kpathsea: Running mktexmf pzdr
! I can't find file `pzdr'.
<*> \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pzdr

Please type another input file name
! Emergency stop.
<*> \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pzdr

Transcript written on mfput.log.
grep: pzdr.log: No such file or directory
mktextfm: `mf-nowin -progname=mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pzdr' failed to make pzdr.tfm.
kpathsea: Appending font creation commands to missfont.log.

! Font U/pzd/m/n/10=pzdr at 10.0pt not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not found.
<to be read again> 
extract@font ...ont font@name external@font relax 
                                                  font@name relax csname f@e...

define@newfont ...ong@fontshape else extract@font 
                                                  fi endgroup 
pickup@font ...ifx font@name relax define@newfont 
selectfont  ...ape /f@size endcsname }pickup@font 
                                                  font@name size@update enc@...
l.62 {\Pifont{pzd}

I am not sure why I get this error. I can see the pifont.sty is present in the directory : /usr/local/texlive/2008basic/texmf-dist/tex/latex/

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It's after the 'pzdr.tfm' font file. Can you try locate pzdr.tfm (if you're on a unix-like system) to locate it?

For me, it appears in the following places:


Hence I think you have to install the zapfding package first (sudo tlmgr install zapfding).

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locate pzdr.tfm returns nothing. When I try to install zapfding, I get the below error for the mirrors: tlmgr: installation location ctan.math.utah.edu/ctan/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet/2008 unusable location ctan.math.utah.edu/ctan/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet/2008/…, could not load any packages Cannot load TeX Live database from ctan.math.utah.edu/ctan/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet/2008 at /usr/texbin/tlmgr line 2221. – user682765 Apr 3 '12 at 0:02
How to you usually install latex packages? Just do that. (Could you try tlmgr update --list?) – mathematical.coffee Apr 3 '12 at 0:19
Thanks. I got all the missing files (there were a couple of them missing) from tug.org/texlive/devsrc/Master/texmf-dist/fonts and now it works fine. – user682765 Apr 3 '12 at 0:41
Any reason why you are still using TL 2008? – daleif Apr 3 '12 at 15:54

In Ubuntu precise 12.04, you should install texlive-fonts-recommended.

sudo apt-get install texlive-fonts-recommended
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In fedora, I used: yum install texlive-texmf-fonts, which solved the issue for me. – zdav Jan 6 '13 at 19:37
This also worked in ubuntu 14.04 – Martins Balodis Apr 20 '15 at 10:11
On CentOS, I solved it with: yum install texlive-collection-latexrecommended (the missing file for me was ecrm1095) – sffc Jan 5 at 6:49

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