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I am currently preparing a large document and want to include an index at the end. The individual chapters are included via \input{}. In these chapters I use the \index{}-command.

But even after hours of researching I cannot get it to generate the index:

Makeindex> Input index file minimalexample.idx not found.
Makeindex> Usage: C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\x64\makeindex.exe [-ilqrcgLT] [-s sty] [-o ind] [-t log] [-p num] [idx0 idx1 ...]

This is particularly confusing for me as a beginner because BibLaTeX can extract all citations from the input files without problems.

I use TeXnicCenter 2.0 Beta 1 (64-bit) as my editor and configured the output profile (for makeindex) as following:

C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\x64\makeindex.exe

"%tm.idx" -t "%tm.ilg" -o "%tm.ind"

My minimal example:

This is\index{is} an example\index{example}.

%I use Texniccenter as my editor of choice and therefore 
%usually comment this out, but I am grateful if one could 
%provide a beginner-friendly commandline-walkthrough.





As I am still learning I would really appreciate any help and hints (also alternative packages).

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closed as too localized by Speravir, Martin Schröder, zeroth, mafp, Claudio Fiandrino Mar 5 '13 at 17:21

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You need the command \makeindex in your document. It tells latex to create an idx-file. – Ulrike Fischer Mar 5 '13 at 9:48
Welcome to TeX.sx! – Peter Jansson Mar 5 '13 at 10:04
The demonstration paradox... by including \makeindex it works perfectly. Many thanks Ulrike. – FLW Mar 5 '13 at 13:06
Short note: It’s of course your choice, but chapters are in most cases better integrated with \include. See in LaTeX introductions for the differences to \input. – Speravir Mar 5 '13 at 16:43