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Using:
Biblatex 1.4a
Biblatex-mla 0.95

Biblatex set up as follows:
\usepackage[style=mla,autocite=footnote,backref=true,backend=biber]{biblatex}

When I run XeLaTeX (XeTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.2-0.9997.4), I get an error on my first run:
! Package biblatex Error: Command '\smartcite' undefined.

The .tex file compiles fine using biblatex-chicago, and my polyglossia and csquotes declarations are fine:

\usepackage{polyglossia}
\setmainlanguage[variant=british]{english}  

I'm not using \smartcite anywhere in my document (only \autocite), so I'm wondering if it's a compatibility issue. Any ideas as to what might be going wrong?

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It is a compatibility issue, since \smartcite, which was introduced in biblatex 1.3, internally uses \autocite, as the following code from biblatex.def shows:

\DeclareAutoCiteCommand{footnote}[f]{\smartcite}{\smartcites}

As a temporary workaround, you could redefine this to:

\DeclareAutoCiteCommand{footnote}[f]{\footcite}{\footcites}

This should work with biblatex-mla 0.95 (though I have not tested it).

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That's great to know, thanks. I was hoping it would be a compatibility issue, and not a gremlin. –  urschrei Apr 13 '11 at 12:01
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The work around works great but it seems the error still happens when I use \autocites (the multi-cite version). I'm highly confused as to why, since the last argument of DeclareAutoCiteCommand seems to declare the multi version. –  iKs Apr 29 '12 at 7:16
    
@iKs: domwass's solution works with \autocites: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/31192 –  nicolai.rostov Mar 17 '13 at 6:31
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