The following example


gives me the warning:

LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape `OMS/cmss/m/n' undefined
(Font)              using `OMS/cmsy/m/n' instead
(Font)              for symbol `textbullet' on input line 4.

I believe this warning is because cmss does not define a bullet. The UK TeX FAQ recommends ignoring the warning. Some answers on this site (e.g. TG Schola – missing symbol textbullet) suggest the textcomp package. The documentation of the textcomp package says "Note that there is now a textcomp.sty in the LaTeX distribution, and the original package is now little used (if at all)."

If I want to get rid of the warning is \usepackage{textcomp} the correct way to go? Does that use the "original package" or the one in the LaTeX distribution (I am using TeX Live 2011)

  • 3
    Excellent question! You really did your "homework" before asking it, way to go! – doncherry Apr 10 '12 at 21:43
  • @doncherry thank you for the compliment and also for the helpful edits. – StrongBad Apr 10 '12 at 21:56

Is, as you indicated the right thing. The log file should show something like

Package: textcomp 2005/09/27 v1.99g Standard LaTeX package

base in the path and Standard LaTeX in the package description both indicating the core distribution


indicating you have a bullet from the extended ss font.

  • Could you add a sentence or two on what "the core distribution" is (What else or where else could a package be?) and on what the other two lines mean (in particular TS1, which seems to be a font encoding, but how is it different from T1?)? – doncherry Apr 10 '12 at 22:06
  • There is a little information about TS1 encoding in this answer tex.stackexchange.com/questions/22550/…. Not enough for me to understand yet, but at least enough to get me started. – StrongBad Apr 11 '12 at 15:50

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