I'm an average user of LaTeX, but not proficiency. I'm trying to learn from book templates I've found on the web, but I get this error message:

Trying to make PK font ccicons at 1493 DPI...
Running miktex-makemf.exe...
miktex-makemf: The ccicons source file could not be found.
Running ttf2pk.exe...
miktex-makemf: PK font ccicons could not be created.

LaTeX Font Warning: Some font shapes were not available, defaults substituted.

!pdfTeX error: pdflatex.exe (file ccicons): Font ccicons at 1493 not found
 ==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!

I'm using MiKTeX (over Windows 7), and according to the MiKTeX package manager the "ccicons" package is already installed.

Could you please help me solve this problem?

  • Welcome to TeX.SE! A quick hint: If you indent LaTeX code (and erorr and warning messages by four spaces, it'll get pretty-printed automatically. The easiest way to get the lines indented is to highlight them and press the {} "button" in the row above the editor window. Please post a minimum working example (MWE) that generates the error and warning messages you've received.
    – Mico
    Commented Jan 6, 2014 at 19:36
  • @Mico Thanks for the hint. It is difficult (for me) to post a minimal faulty code example (it is quite customized). I think I'd better post the web address were you could find the source for the book. link
    – user43548
    Commented Jan 6, 2014 at 20:52
  • @Mico If you prefer a shorter faulty example, the firts code example on this thread also issues a compilation error of the same kind, but related to 'rm-qtmr' fonts instead. Regards.
    – user43548
    Commented Jan 6, 2014 at 20:57
  • Doing some research on the topic, I've found my MiKTeX installation doesn't have any \fonts\pk folder. Does it shed some light into the problem?
    – user43548
    Commented Jan 6, 2014 at 21:31
  • No. You should have the ccicons fonts available as type1 (and maybe opentype) if they are installed. For example, my install of TeX Live includes texmf-dist/fonts/type1/public/ccicons/ccicons.pfb among other files for this package. Either the fonts are not actually installed or TeX doesn't know about them. Do you know how to check this? I know nothing about MikTeX.
    – cfr
    Commented Jan 6, 2014 at 22:47

3 Answers 3


As happens from time to time, MiKTeX's installation of the fonts doesn't update the postcript fonts database, in particular psfonts.map & friends. These are to be found in C:\Users\<Your personal account>\AppData\MiKTeX\2.9\dvips\config and in C:\Program Data\MiKTeX\2.9\dvips\config.

In order to update these files, you just have to launch:

initexmf --mkmaps (or updmap)

(and additionally --verbose, if you want to read what happens) from the command line.

Forgotten: 1) if you want all those changes work for any user, you also should launch from the command-line as administrator:

initexmf --admin --mkmaps (or  updmap --admin)

This command updates psfonts.map & friends in C:\ProgramData\MiKTeX\…, thus giving access to the font for every user.

2) It also may happen that MiKTeX forgets to mention the font in a file named updmap.cfg, which is located in C:\Users\<User Name>\AppData\Roaming\MiKTeX\2.9\miktex\config\. Mentioning the font in updmap.cfg is required for the procedure to work. If this is the case, you should edit/create updmap.cfg with the following command-line:

initexmf --edit-config-file updmap

and add two lines, say in your case:

Map ccicons.map
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    It may be useful to add that in Windows 7 (and maybe Vista), in order to start a command line with admin privileges, you have to find "Command Prompt" in the start menu, right click it and select "Run as administrator".
    – marczellm
    Commented Jan 8, 2014 at 20:19
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    A gold medal to you Bernard
    – AtanuCSE
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 9:08
  • Thanks for this answer, I had a similar problem with some fonts in the moderncv package. I would have had no idea how to fix it otherwise. Commented May 1, 2018 at 14:19
  • @Bernard I know this is answer is from a long time ago but this helped me as well and fixed the problem.
    – Prevost
    Commented May 11, 2018 at 13:50
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    I needed to do this for both everyone --admin and the current user (without --admin). Which was the thing that tripped me up -- I was only running it with --admin Commented Aug 4, 2018 at 15:03

If the following error occurs:

!pdfTeX error: pdflatex (file md-chr7v): Font md-chr7v at 578 not found ==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!

then just add \pdfmapfile{=md-chr7v.map} to the .tex file. courtesy: @UlrikeFischer


In case of similar problems with MiKTeX where updmap --admin does not help, try to open the MiKTeX Console/Maintenance as admin user, and under Tasks, call both Refresh file name database and Refresh font map files. This solved a similar issue for me (with FATAL miktex-makemf - The fa5free1solid source file could not be found. in miktex-makemf.log).

(Credit to the answers here.)

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