Trying to make PDF output with pdflatex halts with this message:

Font T1/ptm/m/n/10=ptmr8t at 10.0pt not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not found

After searching a bit I found that file ptmr8t.tfm is already present on my system and located as /usr/share/texmf-texlive/fonts/tfm/adobe/times/ptmr8t.fmt

What could be the problem?

Update: command kpsewhich ptmr8t.tfm outputs:


but from the previous log file, seems like mktextfm ptmr8t command was called prior halting

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! What does the shell command kpsewhich ptmr8t.tfm answer? – egreg May 10 '12 at 11:50
  • It may be a permission problem. Probably opening a chat room is the best thing to do, as these problems require doing many tests. – egreg May 10 '12 at 12:03
  • I was able to overcome this problem on another PC, but then there are other errors. IMHO, it's just too common for projects that depend on Sphinx automation, latex output to be w/o issue. I guess I should stick to HTML output, being noob at TeX. Maybe someone should close this question. Thanks for you help, and cheers – zetah May 10 '12 at 12:17