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I installed MacTeX 2012 on a freshly installed Mountain Lion. I now would have liked to install some special fonts (Trebuchet, Frutiger etc.). For that I made sure that all the font files are in


If I run

updmap --enable Map=jtr.map

(or even updmap-sys) I would receive this result:

updmap: resetting $HOME value (was /Users/anouak) to root's actual home (/var/root).
updmap is using the following updmap.cfg files (in precedence order):
updmap is using the following updmap.cfg file for writing changes:
dvips output dir: "/var/root/Library/texlive/2012/texmf-var/fonts/map/dvips/updmap"
pdftex output dir: "/var/root/Library/texlive/2012/texmf-var/fonts/map/pdftex/updmap"
dvipdfmx output dir: "/var/root/Library/texlive/2012/texmf-var/fonts/map/dvipdfmx/updmap"
pxdvi output dir: "/var/root/Library/texlive/2012/texmf-var/fonts/map/pxdvi/updmap"

ERROR:  The following map file(s) couldn't be found:
    jtr.map (in /var/root/Library/texlive/2012/texmf-config/web2c/updmap.cfg)

    Did you run mktexlsr?

    You can disable non-existent map entries using the option

Indeed, I did run mktexlsr and a kpsewhich jtr.map results in:


So it is there.

I also did a --syncwithtrees to disable the "non-existent" map entries, but unfortunately to no avail.

What is irritating to me is that updmap is trying to use config files in /var/root/ or /private/var/root/ respectively to which even I have rarely access and if then only with difficulties. Also, during my research in the web I found nobody citing this path.

Can anybody help me to get this weird problem solved? Because I need those additional fonts in order to cope with our corporate design.

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closed as too localized by Joseph Wright Oct 6 '12 at 22:22

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You shouldn't worry that updmap uses various cfg files. Your problem is that the map-file is not found. Is Users/anouak/Library/texmf/ really a texmf tree of your texlive2012? Do you have an older TeX-installation which could get in the way? – Ulrike Fischer Sep 4 '12 at 13:40
Thank you, Ulrike. Indeed, there is a texmf tree under /Users/anouak/Library/texmf/ and it used to work properly in former installations. That is even acknowleged by kpsewhich as it displays the proper path. There cannot be any older TeX-Installation as the system is setup freshly new. – Alexander Sep 4 '12 at 15:14
It's better to put the font related files in the local tree /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local and run sudo updmap-sys, if you have Administrator privileges. In this way you'll not be concerned with font updates in the main tree. – egreg Sep 4 '12 at 15:38
Thank you egreg, that did the trick, which is quite disappointing as it was working properly in former distributions of TeXLive. Thank you all for all your support. – Alexander Sep 4 '12 at 22:30
Did you get the "resetting $HOME" message when you run it as normal user? That should not happen and would be a bug, please retry and confirm! – norbert Sep 5 '12 at 8:47