I'd like to insert "BALLOT X" symbol ✗ U+2717

I found \ding{55} command from pifont package, but when I try this:




I get the following error:

! Font U/pzd/m/n/10=pzdr at 10.0pt not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not found.
! Font U/psy/m/n/10=psyr at 10.0pt not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not found.

This is my pifont.sty:

[2005/04/12 PSNFSS-v9.2a
Pi font support (SPQR)
\ifnum \@enumdepth >3 \@toodeep\else
  \advance\@enumdepth \@ne
  \expandafter\def\csname p@enum\romannumeral\the\@enumdepth\endcsname{}%
  \expandafter\def\csname labelenum\romannumeral\the\@enumdepth\endcsname{%
     \csname theenum\romannumeral\the\@enumdepth\endcsname}%
  \expandafter\def\csname theenum\romannumeral\the\@enumdepth\endcsname{%
  \list{\csname label\@enumctr\endcsname}{%
{\Pifont{pzd}} %ERROR
{\Pifont{psy}} %ERROR

The problem is with the last 2 lines.

Can you fix it? Or suggest an other way to display this character?

  • 1
    Why do you think this error occurs from the last two lines? Your get the error Metric (TFM) file not found so you have to install the tfm file. Jun 11, 2012 at 9:37
  • 1
    Your TeX distribution is broken or incomplete. Please, add what you're using.
    – egreg
    Jun 11, 2012 at 9:39
  • @egreg Version 3.1415926 (TeX Live 2009/Debian)
    – balping
    Jun 11, 2012 at 9:45

2 Answers 2


Maybe this also works:

tlmgr install zapfding
tlmgr install symbol

if you have TeX-Live manager tlmgr installed. You don't have to install all fonts from texlive-fonts-recommended.

  • If this is just a suggestion rather than a tested solution, it should be a comment rather than an "Answer". Aug 26, 2014 at 11:23
  • @AndrewSwann Solved it for me Sep 2, 2016 at 8:47
  • I use texmaker on mac and second command worked for me. Oct 6, 2019 at 13:15

I needed to install texlive-fonts-recommended package:

sudo apt-get install texlive-fonts-recommended

Thanks for Marco Daniel

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