# error message when trying to 'latex makebst'

In trying to create a customized bibliography style, I have attempted to run the command latex makebst (and alternatively tex makebst) but to no avail. Instead, I get the following error message:

``````! I can't write on file 'makebst.log'.
Plase type another transcript file name:
! Emergency stop
No pages of output.
``````

I am using Version 3.1415926 (MiKTeX 2.8), for what it's worth. Any suggestions/insight on how to correct for this error?

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How exactly are you invoking `latex makebst`? –  Gonzalo Medina Jun 24 '11 at 16:13
You might be trying to do this in the directory where MikTeX is installed & not allowed to write to it. a simple solution might be to copy `makebst.tex` into some temporary directory - making sure that you have write permission to it (check the `Properties` tab for the folder) & run `latex makebst` again. –  prettygully Jun 25 '11 at 2:07
Thank you, it indeed was as simple as correcting my permissions for the folders in question. –  erikp Jun 26 '11 at 0:53

Either your disc is full or you don't have permissions to write in the directory or there is already a file `makebst.log` that you don't have permission to write to.