I wish to use the Helvetica package. I installed the psnfss package with tlmgr (and in a fit of desperation other font-related packages, such as times and ae). However, I still do not have any phvr7t files in my texlive distribution. I do have phvr8g.tfm, phvro8g.tfm, phvr8gn.tfm and phvro8gn.tfm at /texmf-dist/fonts/tfm/metapost/, if that helps.

I used the Mactex texlive-2012-basic installer.

EDIT: I manually installed psnfss, because tlmgr did not copy any font files into the texmf distro. I now have phvr7t.tfm and phvr7t.vf at /texmf/fonts, but Latex can't seem to find them.

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    Why did you install manually? This seems to contradict the earlier statement that you used tlmgr: which is it? – Joseph Wright Aug 15 '12 at 15:16
  • Edited to be clearer. tlmgr did not seem to actually copy any font files into the /texmf tree, so I had to manually install psnfss. – Dan Aug 15 '12 at 15:20
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    You should always add a small but complete example so that other can test if it is a general problem or something specific to your installation. – Ulrike Fischer Aug 15 '12 at 15:27
  • Welcome to TeX.sx! Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. – Reinstate Monica - M. Schröder Aug 16 '12 at 22:59

If you want a free Helvetica font, I suggest you use the Heros font (with the tgheros package) from the TeX Gyre collection instead of the GhostScript fonts, since the GhostScript fonts recently were reverted to their original versions by URW and the TeX Gyre fonts are highly improved (many more glyphs, improved lettershapes, adapted to Open Type technology) versions of these fonts.


In adding an MWE, I found that the helvet package must be on its own \usepackage command. That is, my problem was the line \usepackage{natbib,caption,fancyhdr,helvet}.

  • The number of packages in \usepackage should not matter. But the order of packages may matter. Hard to say without an MWE... – Reinstate Monica - M. Schröder Aug 16 '12 at 22:58

Install package helvetic for phvr7t.tfm using TeX Live Utility. You can find it here

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