Hoping that this is not off-topic: the MWE


produces a correct pdf output when processed with pdflatex, as well as a correct dvi file when latex is used. (TeXLive2016 on a opensuse machine.) However, after I run dvips and open the ps file with gv this is the result

enter image description here

Converting the ps file to a pdf with ps2pdf still shows the picture above. My first idea was that the fonts were not properly installed, but dvips does not complain tough. Here is its output:

This is dvips(k) 5.996 Copyright 2016 Radical Eye Software (www.radicaleye.com)
' TeX output 2017.02.13:1139' -> mwe.ps
. </usr/share/texmf/fonts/type1/public/amsfonts/cm/cmr10.pfb>

Any suggestion is welcome :-)

EDIT: Just checked that using dvipdfmx works fine, so this might be a pointless question

  • You might want to mention exactly how you get the image you show. (I get the same using latex+dvips+gv)
    – daleif
    Feb 13, 2017 at 10:54
  • Also converting the .ps to .pdf using ps2pdf also give the bad result on my system
    – daleif
    Feb 13, 2017 at 10:56
  • On a MiKTeX system, with Ghostview I have the same problem. However, the .pdf directly produced by dvipdfmx is OK.
    – Bernard
    Feb 13, 2017 at 10:57

1 Answer 1


This due to an error in the map-file sansmathfonts.map.

The map contains entries like this

   cmsssy10 cmsssy10 <cmsssy10.pfb

The middle argument should be the font name. But looking in cmsssy10.pfb one can see that the font name is not cmsssy10:

  /FontName /ComputerModernSans-Regular10pt def

While pdflatex normally ignores such errors dvips is much more picky and all sort of curious things can happen.

When I correct in psfonts.map the entry to

  cmsssy10 ComputerModernSans-Regular10pt <cmsssy10.pfb

dvips gives the correct output. You should report the bug to the author of sansmathfonts. He/she should either correct the map files or the font names in the pfb.


The problem has been corrected. With a new version of the package everything is fine.


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