texlive 2017 on Linux. Commercial fonts are installed in /texmf-local . Under texlive 2017 the local fonts files are not found, while they are found under texlive 2015 on the same machine. Both installations use the same /texmf-local tree.

Here is an MWE:

\documentclass[pagesize, ngerman, fontsize=12pt, parskip=half]{scrartcl}
\usepackage{babel, blindtext}




If I compile this MWE with texlive 2015, the logfile ends with these lines:

Output written on MinionPro-test-tl-2015.pdf (4 pages, 119264 bytes).
PDF statistics: ...

But texlive 2017 can't find the fonts:

!pdfTeX error: pdflatex (file MinionPro-Bold-Base-aa): Font MinionPro-Bold-Base
-aa at 655 not found
 ==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!

But the kpathsea knows, where to find the file:

 kpsewhich base-MinionPro-aa.enc

Maybe I made a mistake during installation of texlive 2017: I agreed to make symbolic links. If this might be the cause of the error, can I correct that without reinstalling texlive?

There are no other TeX installations on the machine.

  • "at 655" means normally that pdftex was trying to make a bitmap. So the map entry is missing. Did you enable the map files? Jun 9, 2017 at 15:54
  • @UlrikeFischer Öhh, no? Do I have to? In which file is stored, which map files are enabled? If I knew this, I could have a look into the texlive 2015 installation and see, which files were enabled in which way. You may remember that I had some rare fonst, e.g. Palatinosans, which only work with pdftex.
    – Keks Dose
    Jun 9, 2017 at 16:03
  • Search for updmap.cfg in web2c-folders. Or try updmap-sys --enable Map=MinionPro.map Jun 9, 2017 at 16:25
  • @UlrikeFischer You are right, I haven't made a new install of texlive since some years. After I »enabled« the map files, all is well. Would you drop two or three lines, which I could accept as an answer? -- And thank you for your timely help.
    – Keks Dose
    Jun 9, 2017 at 16:39
  • TL 2017 finds mine even though I told it it must not try to make symbolic links.
    – cfr
    Jun 10, 2017 at 1:08

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"at 655" means normally that pdftex was trying to make a bitmap. So the map entry is missing. Try updmap-sys --enable Map=MinionPro.map.

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