[OS X TeX] mathtime not working (for the upteenth time)

Lawrence Paulson lp15 at cam.ac.uk
Thu Apr 21 22:18:22 CEST 2011

From time to time, I use mathtime fonts to typeset lecture notes. Coming back after a year's sabbatical, I find it isn't working any more:

> kpathsea: Running mktexpk --mfmode / --bdpi 600 --mag 1+0/600 --dpi 600 mtsyn
> mktexpk: don't know how to create bitmap font for mtsyn.
> mktexpk: perhaps mtsyn is missing from the map file.
> kpathsea: Appending font creation commands to missfont.log.
> !pdfTeX error: /usr/texbin/pdflatex (file mtsyn): Font mtsyn at 600 not found

Lucida isn't working either. I'm not certain what I have done wrong, but in the past year I would certainly have updated my TeX installation. I am careful to install new fonts in my ~/Library/texmf directory just to avoid this problem, which comes up every couple of years. In fact, when I googled this error message, I came across the following post:


In other words, I had exactly the same problem in 2002! I clearly haven't learned. I've tried many of the steps in Bruno Voisin's guide (the font files are all there anyway). The lucida map files were also present. The mathtime map files were inexplicably missing, but I downloaded them and put them in what I thought were the right places. But no amount of magical commands such as

sudo mktexlsr 
sudo -H updmap-sys --enable Map lucidabr-o.map 
sudo -H updmap-sys --enable Map lumath-o.map

make any difference.

Does anybody have a solution, preferably a permanent one?

Larry Paulson

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