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I tried to use user command "xelatex %" or change quick build to "User" with "xelatex %", but neither one gives any output when executed. Why is that?

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Try to run it "by hand" to see what output do you get. Open the Terminal for Linux/Mac OS X or Command Prompt in Windows and then run:

xelatex <name>.tex

I also tested it with "Options-> Configure TeXmaker" and changing the latex command to xelatex. When I now run it with the coice latex it works. enter image description here

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It's fine. And such user command can be run without problem under TeXMakerX (but I don't like the X version). – Siyuan Ren Jul 17 '11 at 12:55
@Karus: see ma edited answer. I just tested it whith changing the latex command – Herbert Jul 17 '11 at 13:43
It didn't work. Guess it has something to do with my system. – Siyuan Ren Jul 17 '11 at 14:01
@Karsus: On my OS X with TexmakerX I have to give the full path to a command: "/usr/texbin/xelatex" %.tex instead of xelatex %.tex – Tobi Jul 17 '11 at 14:51
@Karsus: do you have a export PATH=/usr/local/texlive/.../:$PATH in your local config setting? This is needed for TeXLive from tug.org/texlive – Herbert Jul 17 '11 at 15:37

To solve the proble in my system, I had to manually add the path of *TeX commands under "Add to PATH".

To be more exact, since I am using MacPorts, I aded the following entry and everything works as expected:

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