I tried to install the emerald font package on my ubuntu natty box. However if I compile a minimal example like (emerald.tex)



Hello World!

I get the following error

Running `LaTeX' on `emerald' with ``pdflatex --synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode "\input" emerald.tex''
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-1.40.10 (TeX Live 2009/Debian)
entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2009/09/24>
Babel <v3.8l> and hyphenation patterns for english, usenglishmax, dumylang, nohyphenation, ngerman, german, german-x-2009-06-19, ngerman-x-2009-06-19, ibycus, monogreek, greek, ancientgreek, loaded.
(./emerald.tex (/usr/share/texmf-texlive/tex/latex/base/article.cls
Document Class: article 2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class
(/usr/share/texmf-texlive/tex/latex/base/t1enc.def)) (./emerald.aux)
(/home/myuser/texmf/tex/latex/emerald/t1fts.fd) [1{/home/myuser/.texmf-var/fonts/map/pdftex/updmap/pdftex.map}] (./emerald.aux) ) </home/myuser/.texmf-var/
kpathsea: Running mktexpk --mfmode / --bdpi 600 --mag 1+0/600 --dpi 600 ftsmdw8r
mktexpk: don't know how to create bitmap font for ftsmdw8r.
kpathsea: Appending font creation commands to missfont.log.

A locate ftsmdw8r gives me /home/myuser/texmf/fonts/tfm/emerald/ftsmdw8r.tfm.

Any idea how to fix this?

Here are the steps I did for the installation:

cd ~/texmf
wget http://mirror.ctan.org/fonts/emerald.zip
unzip emerald.zip
cd emerald 
cp -r tex/* ../tex/
cp -r fonts/* ../fonts/    
texhash $HOME/texmf
sudo updmap-sys --enable Map=emerald.map

1 Answer 1


I've tried it with TeXlive 2012, and got it working with the following steps:

mkdir -p `kpsewhich --var-value=TEXMFHOME`
cd `kpsewhich --var-value=TEXMFHOME`
wget http://mirror.ctan.org/fonts/emerald.zip
unzip emerald.zip
cp -r emerald/. . && rm -rf emerald/
rm emerald.zip
updmap --enable Map emerald.map

If this doesn't work, there might be issues in creating the updmap config, try:

mkdir -p ~/.texmf-config/web2c
echo Map emerald.map >> ~/.texmf-config/web2c/updmap.cfg

Also check the emerald.map file can actually be found:

kpsewhich emerald.map
  • I could not install this unit in my Ubuntu. Commented Feb 9, 2013 at 3:29
  • It works on my Mac OSX with MacTex installed as well. First, download the emerald zip file from ctan and unzip it. Second, copy the two dirs: fonts and tex to ~/Library/texmf/. Third, run the two command updmap and texhash as mentioned by @Silex.
    – Causality
    Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 19:24
  • Worked fine (on Ubuntu 13.04 and manually installed TeXLive); did have to sudo texhash, though. (In fact, sudo `which texhash` because TeXLive is not in root's PATH on my machine.)
    – Raphael
    Commented Jun 6, 2014 at 11:21
  • Still working like a charm (August 2014).
    – c.p.
    Commented Aug 9, 2014 at 20:00
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    @ErikPillon The steps are covered here: tug.org/fonts/fontinstall-personal.html That page also links to the system-wide installation instructions, which contain more detail.
    – Silke
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 13:10

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