I'm autogenerating pdfs via pdflatex and perl and I am having problems in getting these characters to print in pdflatex: Љ Б Д И П و △ ★ ✚ ✠ ✤ ✶ ✸ ❀ ❃

Here is a template of the statments I use with for instance ❃ inserted:


\title{\bfseries Test}




I have installed the language packs on Ubuntu via

sudo apt-get install texlive-lang-european texlive-lang-cyrillic texlive-lang-german texlive-lang-greek 

I think Љ Б Д И П are cyrillic but if I use


Then the greek Α Γ Δ Ε Η Ι Λ Μ Ν Ο Ρ Σ Τ Υ Χ Ω (that are also included in my character set) will fail while Љ Б Д И П will succeed. So it seems that "greek and russia" are incompatible ? Is there a easy way out of this? Is it possible to get "Љ Б Д И П و △ ★ ✚ ✠ ✤ ✶ ✸ ❀ ❃" encoded by some means without adding "russia" to babel? And where are the other symbols defined? ❀ for instance is U+2740. I think I have to use:

\DeclareUnicodeCharacter{2740}{ ... }

However then I have to know the latex version of ❀.

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    What's the default language of your document? – egreg Jan 7 '17 at 20:27
  • The default language is german – Konrad Eisele Jan 7 '17 at 20:30
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    Are you able to use LuaTeX or XeTeX? With LuaTeX, you would use the fontspec package instead of fontenc, polyglossia instead of babel, and always utf-8 encoding. Then you could simply paste the characters from a character map, as long as you have them in a font. Or you could call them by Unicode. It does not matter which language(s) you specify, since this method is inherently multi-lingual. Dingbats OK too. – user103221 Jan 7 '17 at 22:54
  • Do you need all those packages to reproduce not printing something? Please make your code minimal. Also, you probably want to include all the characters you need so that people have a proper test case to work with. – cfr Jan 8 '17 at 0:25
  • Off-topic: hyperref should be loaded late. – cfr Jan 8 '17 at 0:25

Here is what I had to do:

  • Packages




\DeclareUnicodeCharacter{10048}{ \ding{95} }
\DeclareUnicodeCharacter{10051}{ \ding{93} }
  • For the cyrillic characters Љ Б Д И П and greek character Α..Ω :






  1. german, english are handled by babel
  2. cyrillic symbols are handled by \textcyrillic{}
  3. greek symbols are handled by \textgreek{}
  4. arabic symbols are handled by \RL{}
  5. wingding entries are handled by pifont, \ding and \DeclareUnicodeCharacter


  1. Languages in the babel usepackage statement seem to override each other. Therefore \textcyrillic and \textgreek is used.
  2. I use utf8x for inputenc
  3. When using arabtex I also have to add enabledeprecatedfontcommands

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