I'm a real novice on LaTex, having only used it previously a small amount at University but not for a while. I've decided I'd quite like to transfer my CV to the LaTex moderncv style.

I downloaded the package here http://www.ctan.org/pkg/moderncv

I use TexWorks, and I was hoping I'd just be able to open the template file from the moderncv download, compile it and edit the text to produce a nice CV.

Unfortunately, when I try to do this I get the following error:

Running ttf2pk.exe...

miktex-makepk: PK font umvs could not be created.

!pdfTeX error: pdflatex.EXE (file umvs): Font umvs at 864 not found

==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!

texify: pdflatex failed for some reason (see log file).

So it seems to be a problem with not having a font package installed or something?! Do you know which package this is?

And how do I actually download a font package so that TexWorks knows it's installed and thus compiles the file? I've heard people talk about Miktex package installer, but I don't think I have that available, but I set up all my LaTex stuff quite a while ago, so I'm not sure...

Sorry for my very poor understanding of LaTex, I'd just like to find a way to get this moderncv package working asap. Any help would be much appreciated.

Added MWE:




\title{Resumé title}                               
\address{street and number}{postcode city}{country}
\email{[email protected]}                               




still does not compile and produces the error:

!pdfTeX error: pdflatex.EXE (file umvs): Font umvs at 657 not found

==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!

texify: pdflatex failed for some reason (see log file).

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    – user31729
    Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 10:31
  • It looks like you are missing the font files
    – user31729
    Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 10:32
  • You need to install MarVoSym, see miktex.org/packages/marvosym
    – egreg
    Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 10:48
  • Hi guys, thanks for the responses. Still haven't managed to get anywhere unfortunately. MWE is in answer comment below.
    – LaTexDummy
    Commented Jun 5, 2014 at 14:29

2 Answers 2


Your file name database and/or font map is likely broken. This typically happens due to a botched update run. Do

initexmf --mkmaps

initexmf --update-fndb

On MiKTeX, the config tool (now MiKTeX Console, in the "Tasks" menu) has buttons for this, otherwise run the commands on the OS command line.

If you have a multiuser MiKTeX installation (don't, unless you're a university sysadmin or something), you might have to do this in admin mode, which used to be a separate program, and now is another button in the Console program.

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    Thank you for answering. But please give more details or write this as a comment to the question. Your answer is rather short and not very easy to understand for new TeXians. Thank you.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 11:48
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    Here's my clarification to Karl Ratzsch's answer which worked for me: run cmd.exe to open the command prompt and give the commands Karl mentioned one after another: initexmf --mkmaps then initexmf --update-fndb keeping tex closed in the meanwhile may be a good idea.
    – user67048
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 0:35
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    I had the same problem, this solution works like a charm. Any idea about the cause of the font name database corruption ?
    – Thomas
    Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 13:39
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    Doesn't "fndb" stand for "file name database" instead of "font name database"? This is the explanation for option "--update-fndb" given by "initexmf --help". Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 20:01
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    On my Windows 10 machine, I had this same problem. The buttons found in MikTex settings did not seem to fix the problem, even after clearing the LaTex auxiliary files. However, opening my command prompt, changing to the drive were Miktex is installed and running initexmf --mkmaps and initexmf --update-fndb did fix the issue. Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 19:31

sorry for bringing up this old question, but I think the answer to your problem is in this thread:

  1. Check C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\config\updmap.cfg (if you installed MiKTeX to the regular path) for the entry Map marvosym.map (it shouldn't be there, in your case).
  2. Add the missing entry Map marvosym.map to before mentioned updmap.cfg file and save it (you need Administrator rights to be able to do this).
  3. Run on a cmd.exe from the Start Menu updmap.
  4. Try to compile your document again. It should be working.
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    Thanks a lot for bringing up this old question! :) Running updmap helped! -- While miktex config's "Refresh FNDB" and "Update Formats" didn't.
    – srs
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 16:48
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    Thank you really much, that solved my problem. I did, however, already have this entry, so I only executed step 4 and it worked. Absolutely no idea what it does, though :/ tex.stackexchange.com/questions/410506/…
    – Wulfram
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 16:56
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    Wulfram, I assume you're talking about step 3 rather than step 4?:) Commented Mar 8, 2018 at 5:56

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