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I am using a Windows Vista system. From the command line,

pdflatex ...document

works fine, with the expected errors about missing citations. It also reports:

No file document.bbl

which I assume is ok, because I think document.bbl is to be created by bibtex. However, when I run bibtex I get the error

document.blg: Forbidden to open for writing I couldn't open file ...document.blg

I thought bibtex created and wrote its own log file (.blg); so I am confused about how to proceed.

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try running the executables as administrator. This is probably a windows security error. Right click on the file and use run as administrator. –  Yiannis Lazarides Dec 19 '11 at 17:18
    
Which TeX distribution are you using? –  Martin Schröder Dec 19 '11 at 22:56
    
@YiannisLazarides: I wouldn't adivse on running arbitrary programs as administrator. Especially not to one still running Vista. ,-) –  Martin Schröder Dec 20 '11 at 0:10

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Google is your friend. I found these answers:

  1. http://tex.aanhet.net/rugtex/trouble.html
  2. http://www.tug.org/pipermail/tex-live/2010-September/027229.html
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Thank you for your time and effort. The first reference is for a package called TeXnicCenter, which apparently provides for "make-like" command line arguments for bibtex. The second is for TexLive 2010, which is what I was using, but only the question is posted - no answer. I do appreciate your effort to help someone who is still working at the "magic" level. –  Gene Dec 21 '11 at 15:19
    
@Gene: Follow the links next message for the second reference. It brings you to tug.org/pipermail/tex-live/2010-September/027234.html and tug.org/pipermail/tex-live/2010-September/027246.html –  Martin Schröder Dec 21 '11 at 16:25

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