I am using pdfTeX v.3.14159265-2.6-1.40.17 on Arch linux. This is my relevant preamble.


All PDFs I compile have bitmapped Type3 fonts. I need vector fonts. I can add \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} without success. I have updated the fontmap.

According to the bottom of the log I see the fonts used, for example:




Should I install cm-super? Why is it not included in my TeX Live installation? I am uncertain and have been unsuccessful in the process of manually installing it.

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    Welcome to TeX.SE! Can you include more details from the log (e.g. change to a minimal example, for which you can include the full log file), mention how you installed your TeX distribution, etc.? – ShreevatsaR May 16 '17 at 5:33
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    How did you update the fontmap? The Type 1 cmr fonts (e.g. cmr10.pfb) are part of texlive-core if you are using the TeX Live of arch linux. So they should be there. Maybe you should remove (or rename) /home/dmt/.texlive to come back to the distribution settings. Note: Don't use updmap for updating the fontmaps, use sudo updmap-sys. – Schweinebacke May 16 '17 at 6:01
  • Can you report the path of the loaded pdftex.map, that you find in the log file? – egreg May 16 '17 at 6:07

Update: Problem resolved by reinstalling texlive-core.

THank you for answering (: ! Here is a minimal example.


\title{\textbf{Bon Giorno}}


This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.17 (TeX Live 2016/Arch
Linux) (preloaded format=pdflatex)  \write18 enabled. entering
extended mode (/home/dmt/.cache/gummi/gummi_L0UD0Y LaTeX2e
<2016/03/31> patch level 3 Babel <3.9r> and hyphenation patterns for
83 language(s) loaded.
(/usr/share/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/article.cls Document Class:
article 2014/09/29 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class
(/usr/share/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/size11.clo)) No file
(/home/dmt/.cache/gummi/gummi_L0UD0Y.aux) )
</home/dmt/.texlive/texmf-var/fonts /pk/ljfour/public/cm/cmr10.657pk>
</home/dmt/.texlive/texmf-var/fonts/pk/ljfour /public/cm/cmbx12.720pk>
</usr/share/texmf-dist/fonts/pk/ljfour/public/cm/dpi60 0/cmr12.pk>
</home/dmt/.texlive/texmf-var/fonts/pk/ljfour/public/cm/cmbx12.864p k>
Output written on /home/dmt/.cache/gummi/gummi_L0UD0Y.pdf (1 page,
11008 bytes) . Transcript written on


dmt@dmt ~ $pdffonts "Desktop/minimal.pdf"
name                                 type              encoding         emb sub uni object ID
------------------------------------ ----------------- ---------------- --- --- --- ---------
[none]                               Type 3            Custom           yes no  no       4  0
[none]                               Type 3            Custom           yes no  no       5  0
[none]                               Type 3            Custom           yes no  no       6  0
[none]                               Type 3            Custom           yes no  no       7  0

I have renamed /home/dmt/.texlive without success. My problem persisted so I reinstalled the texlive-core package and now the cmr fonts are back in place.

Sorry for not trying that earlier. Thank you for the help

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