When compiling this MWE with MiKTeX 2.9’s xelatex, I get the following warning:

** WARNING ** Couldn't open font map file "kanjix.map".

The compilation runs through, no problems, but it bugs me that I get this message every time. It seems to come from Windows and not from xelatex, because it doesn’t appear in the log file, only in the command line. Here is the full command line output:

C:\Users\doncherry\Documents\LaTeX>xelatex bar.tex
This is XeTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.5-0.9999.3 (MiKTeX 2.9)
entering extended mode
Babel  and hyphenation patterns for english, ancientgreek, french, germa
n, german-x-2013-05-26, greek, italian, latin, ngerman, ngerman-x-2013-05-26, r
ussian, spanish, swissgerman, ukenglish, usenglishmax, loaded.
("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX\2.9\tex\latex\base\article.cls"
Document Class: article 2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class
("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX\2.9\tex\latex\base\size10.clo"))
(C:\Users\doncherry\Documents\LaTeX\bar.aux) [1]
(C:\Users\doncherry\Documents\LaTeX\bar.aux) )
** WARNING ** Couldn't open font map file "kanjix.map".

Output written on bar.pdf (1 page).
Transcript written on bar.log.

There are a few similar questions here, but none of them apply to this specific situation:

Is there any way I can get rid of this warning? (Not just silence it, but cure the cause)

  • 1
    You need a kanjix.map (an empty, dummy map is quite ok) or you should change the dvipdfmx.cfg. sourceforge.net/p/miktex/bugs/2286. Sep 16, 2013 at 14:36
  • @UlrikeFischer Thanks! I should’ve checked the bugs first ... Feel free to add an answer!
    – doncherry
    Sep 16, 2013 at 15:44

2 Answers 2


You need a kanjix.map (an empty, dummy map is quite ok) or you should change the dvipdfmx.cfg. http://sourceforge.net/p/miktex/bugs/2286/

  • 3
    Would you mind exlain in more details how I can change dvipdfmx.cfg? Or where should I create a kanjix.map?
    – newbie
    Oct 7, 2013 at 16:52
  • 2
    @newbie You can create an empty file "kanjix.map" in your editor and place it in your working directory. Oct 9, 2013 at 11:23
  • @Ramaprakasha Thanks! That works... but I would be even more awesome if I could understand why. Sep 15, 2014 at 3:42
  • This bug report explains you everything. sourceforge.net/p/miktex/bugs/2286 Sep 16, 2014 at 10:11

Note: The file dvipdfmx.cfg shouldn't be edited directly due to Miktex updating will repaire the file, but do the followings instead.

  1. Open a Windows Command Line prompt and input initexmf --edit-config-file dvipdfmx, press Enter.
  2. Append this line to the end of the opened file.

%%f kanjix.map

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