Under macOS Big Sur using LaTeX the following document does not compile:




{\pigpenfont L}


It produces the following console output:

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.141592653-2.6-1.40.23 (TeX Live 2022/dev) (preloaded format=pdflatex)
 restricted \write18 enabled.
entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2021-11-15> patch level 1
L3 programming layer <2022-01-12>
Document Class: article 2021/10/04 v1.4n Standard LaTeX document class
(./test.aux) [1{/usr/local/texlive/2021/texmf-var/fonts/map/pdftex/updmap/pdfte
x.map}] (./test.aux) )</usr/local/texlive/2021/texmf-dist/fonts/type1/public/am
!pdfTeX error: /Library/TeX/texbin/pdflatex: builtin glyph names is empty
 ==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!

Does anybody know where the problem could be? It worked last year...

Thanks a lot.


1 Answer 1


2024 update an updated map file has been uploaded to ctan so the fix below will not be needed.

From texlive 2021 onwards LaTeX by default includes a glyph to Unicode mapping. This font apparently fails in that setting. You can disable this mapping:



{\pigpenfont L}


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You can just disable this for pigpen but leave the unicode mappings for other defaults by over-riding the pigpen map file


% \pdfgentounicode=0
\pdfmapline{=pigpen <pigpen.pfa}

{\pigpenfont L}

  • Thanks a lot, it works!
    – pro-kswe
    Commented Jan 19, 2022 at 16:54
  • Is there a possibility to switch that off globally? In other words, to revert pdfTeX to its old behaviour? Commented May 7, 2022 at 6:34
  • 1
    you could use a non standard pdftex.ini that set that @TorstenBronger but if you are getting errors that need that might be best to raise a issue with pdftex maitainers and see if pdftex can more gracefully recover Commented May 7, 2022 at 7:58
  • @TorstenBronger see also tex.stackexchange.com/a/634975/2388 Commented May 7, 2022 at 8:25

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