I want to set one formula in my document in a sans serif font. As a math font I use the eulervm-Package. Unfortunately, the \pi is missing (instead a small line appears).

Here is a minimal example:





Output of the above givn example

It makes no difference, whether I take pdflatex or latex. When I remove the fontenc package, the problem is still there, but then I get a \beta-symbol instead of the desired \pi.

Is there a workaround or something I do not understand here?

1 Answer 1


You can't use \mathsf in this way. This is not a command to change the font setup of a complete formula. You should only use it to get some sans serif characters (mostly letters). E.g. \mathsf{A}.

To change the whole font setup of a formula one must define a so-called mathversion (as an example see \mathversion{bold}. To be able to do it you need suitable fonts for all the symbols (letters, operators, etc).

If you need only a few sans serif symbols you need at least fonts which contains this symbols.

Side remark: In normal text features like "bold", "sans serif" and "italic" are used for emphasis. They don't change the meaning of the text. This is different in math. There a sans serif "A" can mean a very different object than an italic "A". So by very careful when changing the font setup.

  • Thanks for the hint to \mathversion. I did not know that. But when I get your answer correctly, the euler font does not contain a sans-serif pi, which is very unfortunate.
    – Matz
    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:03
  • Well euler doesn't contain sans-serif letter either it uses the letters from the text sans serif. If you load e.g. \usepackage{helvet} before eulervm you can see that \mathsf uses the letters from arial. Feb 1, 2012 at 10:36
  • Thanks again! I am using the helvet-package, but -stupid me- I did load it after eulervm. There are some greek letters still missing. For now I use the \uppi fom the upgreek-package, but I have to look further or change the math-font away from euler.
    – Matz
    Feb 1, 2012 at 13:22

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