# What do these font-shape warnings mean?

When I am compiling my document with pdflatex I get the following errors:

LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape OT1/cmr/m/n' in size <5.5> not available
(Font)              size <5> substituted on input line 50.

LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape OML/cmm/m/it' in size <5.5> not available
(Font)              size <5> substituted on input line 50.

LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape OMS/cmsy/m/n' in size <5.5> not available
(Font)              size <5> substituted on input line 50.


What do these warnings exactly mean? The area where I think they are coming from is enclosed with {\fontsize{11}{12}\selectfont }. Also, the line number seems to be the place where a macro is called, and not the place in the macro where this is occuring.

How can I fix these warnings?

\RequirePackage{fix-cm}
\fontsize{11pt}{12pt}\selectfont $a^2$

• I have replacements 2.5pt to 5pt using minionpro package. fix-cm fixes the error messages, but I see no difference in the output. Can it be used for minionpro anyway, since fix-cm` package is named "Permit Computer Modern fonts at arbitrary sizes"? – Pygmalion Mar 10 '17 at 20:08