I am trying to typeset a document with only Type 1 fonts in the resulting PDF. I'm using the MinionPro package, which calls MnSymbol for math fonts. Even though the Type 1 MnSymbol fonts are installed in ~/texmf/fonts, pdfLaTeX insists on using pk files and producing Type 3 fonts in the PDF output. (I can see this by looking at the log file and the PDF in Evince.)

Here is a MWE:

\documentclass {minimal}

\usepackage {MnSymbol}

First, some text. 
Now some math:
$ a^2 + b^2 = c^2.$

The same problem is produced by replacing MnSymbol with MinionPro, and it's worth noting that the log file shows Type 1 Minion Pro fonts files when I do that. So MnSymbol seems to be the problem. More evidence for this: if I use no math symbols in the document, all fonts in the PDF are Type 1.

I have found this similar question, but the solution proposed there (i.e., run updmap) does not seem to work for me. (Perhaps that problem was specific to MikTeX; I'm running a slimmed-down version of TeX Live on a Linux machine.)

A related troubling fact is that MnSymbol.map is nowhere to be seen in the output of updmap-sys --listmaps, though MinionPro.map is. So I'm not even sure how pdfLaTeX is finding MnSymbol in the first place.

Any suggestions?

  • I can't reproduce your problem with an up to date TL2018. pdffonts tells me, that only type 1 fonts were embedded in your MWE. Maybe you should use your the (TL or MiKTeX) package manager to (re)install MnSymbol...
    – DG'
    Aug 18, 2018 at 20:27
  • Perhaps you could post the (relvant) part of your log file and the output of pdffonts.
    – DG'
    Aug 18, 2018 at 20:32
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    What happens if you add \pdfmapfile{=MnSymbol.map} to your document? Aug 18, 2018 at 20:32
  • @UlrikeFischer: That seemed to fix it! I'm very pleased to have an all-Type-1 pdf, but I'd love to know why that works, and what about my setup has caused this annoying problem.
    – Z Norwood
    Aug 18, 2018 at 20:35
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    Yes, map files must be enabled with updmap-sys. Normally today this is done by the package managers when they install a package, but sometimes there can be an error. Aug 18, 2018 at 21:02

1 Answer 1


The map-file of the font has not been enabled correctly for an unknown reason.

Run on a command line

 updmap-sys --enable Map=MnSymbol.map

(this is for a texlive system, in miktex it works a bit differently).

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