[OS X TeX] Getting fonts working.

Michael Sharpe msharpe at ucsd.edu
Mon Jul 18 12:43:36 EDT 2011

On Jul 14, 2011, at 4:20 PM, Michael Welsh wrote:

> I'm trying to install Comic Sans, using the package comicsans. I've put all the files into textmf-local, in the correct places. texdoc comicsans works fine.
> However, LaTeX can't seem to find the ttf files (copied straight from whenever Apple puts them and chmodded to 777 to remove any potential permissions errors). 
> The error I get is
> pdfTeX error: /usr/texbin/pdflatex (file comic.ttf): cannot open TrueType font file for reading
> and the complete log file is at http://yomcat.geek.nz/LaTeX/comics.log
> I've run updmap-sys --force --enable Map comicsans.map a few times, and still nothing.
> oh, I'm running the TL-2011 pretest.
> Any ideas?

Truetype font maps should not be added to updmap.cfg, but should be used on the fly with


in your preamble. 

Check the letter casing of the ttf. Because the search is in the system area, case matters---pdflatex is looking for comic.ttf.

Another possibility is that you have a personal updmap.cfg that hides the one created with sudo [-H] updmap-sys. If all else fails, you could try 


which, among other things, tries to analyze misbehaving font installations.


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