I am not sure if this should be here or whether I should create a bug report. I am trying to use the bbm package as per this example:


but I get the following error:

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.3-1.40.12 (TeX Live 2011)
 restricted \write18 enabled.
entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2011/06/27>
Babel <v3.8m> and hyphenation patterns for english, dumylang, nohyphenation, uk
english, usenglishmax, loaded.
Document Class: article 2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class
kpathsea: Running mktextfm bbm10
/usr/share/texlive/texmf/web2c/mktexnam: Could not map source abbreviation  for bbm10.
/usr/share/texlive/texmf/web2c/mktexnam: Need to update ?
mktextfm: Running mf-nowin -progname=mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input bbm10
This is METAFONT, Version 2.718281 (TeX Live 2011)

kpathsea: Running mktexmf bbm10
! I can't find file `bbm10'.
<*> ...e:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input bbm10

Please type another input file name
! Emergency stop.
<*> ...e:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input bbm10

Transcript written on mfput.log.
grep: bbm10.log: No such file or directory
mktextfm: `mf-nowin -progname=mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input bbm10' failed to make bbm10.tfm.
kpathsea: Appending font creation commands to missfont.log.

! Font U/bbm/m/n/10=bbm10 at 10.0pt not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not found.
<to be read again> 
l.6 $\mathbbm{A}

FYI: I am running Fedora with TeXlive 2011 installed manually and I have run

$ tlmgr install bbm-macros

but there is no poackage bbm available:

$ tlmgr search bbm
bbm-macros - LaTeX support for "blackboard-style" cm fonts.

It seems that this might be the problem. In the Fedora TeXlive there is a package texlive-bbm and a package texlive-bbm-macros -- the former containing the cm-fonts.

  • I got this working by downloading the archive here and manually unpacking it into /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-dist/tex/latex/bbm then running tlmgr update --all. Mar 14, 2012 at 22:32
  • It would be nice if somebody with a manual install of TeXlive 2011 can confirm that the bbm package installs fine for them. Then it must be just me. Mar 14, 2012 at 22:39

3 Answers 3


With tlmgr show bbm I get

package:     bbm
category:    Package
shortdesc:   "Blackboard-style" cm fonts.

so the bbm package exists.

I don't know much about Fedora, but if a texlive-bbm package exists, then that's what you have to install along with bbm-macros

I suggest you to do a complete install once and for all.

  • It could well be just me, see comment above. Again it is a manual install of TL2011 from the TUG website, not from the Fedora repos. Mar 14, 2012 at 22:38
  • @StephenMcAteer I always do a complete install. No reasons to spare a few hundred MiB.
    – egreg
    Mar 14, 2012 at 22:40
  • 1
    And this is an install from the TUG website (as opposed to some repo)? (I mean this one). Mar 14, 2012 at 22:42
  • @StephenMcAteer Yes. I don't know much about Fedora packaging of TeX Live, but as the stand-alone distribution requires only setting the PATH variable and adds nothing else to the system directories, I vastly prefer it to packaged versions. Not to mention that Debian one has a two year backlog.
    – egreg
    Mar 14, 2012 at 22:48
  • Then it must be just me. Thanks for the help. Mar 14, 2012 at 22:48

I managed to do a working install of bbm by

$ tlmgr install bbm

$ tlmgr install bbm-macros

Hope this helps. I'm running Mac OS X and installed TeXLive basic manually.


You need to install bbm fonts. you can get the fonts from


  • See my comment above. Mar 14, 2012 at 22:36
  • :( "After this operation, 1,074 MB of additional disk space will be used." Sep 6, 2019 at 18:16

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