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This is my code:

% !TEX TS-program = xeLaTeX
% !TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode
% !TEX spellcheck = en_GB


\textheight = 180.5 mm
\textwidth = 108.5 mm









 orator\index{rerum}{orator} is the artificer, the oration\index{rerum}{oration}

\printindex{nominum}{Index nominum}
\printindex{rerum}{Index rerum}
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what is included in \pend? from what's here, it doesn't look like any index entries are generated. as an aside, you can indicate code either by indenting each line with four spaces, or marking the block with the little box icon that appears when you edit your input. – barbara beeton Jun 18 '12 at 20:06
I get one entry in nominum.idx and two in rerum.idx, as expected. – egreg Jun 18 '12 at 20:53
Are you remembering to run makeindex on nominum.idx and rerum.idx? – Paul Stanley Jun 18 '12 at 20:58
Probably something silly I'm not doing, should I first run makeindex on nominum.idx and rerum.idx and then run xelatex on my main file? – Guillaume Coatalen Jun 19 '12 at 7:27

The package multind is quite old and unmaintained. It's actually a port from a LaTeX 2.09 style option. It does its job, but is not easily customizable. Perhaps switching to imakeidx will make things easier for you: instead of


you can say

\makeindex[name=nominum,title=Index Nominum,intoc]
\makeindex[name=rerum,title=Index Rerum,intoc]

and change the indexing macros to



orator\index[rerum]{orator} is the artificer, the oration\index[rerum]{oration}

(notice the brackets instead of the braces).

At the end you'll write


This has some advantages: with the intoc option we're telling LaTeX to add an entry in the table of contents. Moreover, MakeIndex will be run automatically, freeing you from the burden of keeping track of this problem.

Disclosure: I'm one of the authors of imakeidx, but since its release it has proved quite useful.

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Many thanks folks but I've decided to switch to a mac, it should make things easier. – Guillaume Coatalen Jun 20 '12 at 20:00

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