{compiling} is about the process you must go through to convert your TeX from .tex source files into your output document format, be it pdf, dvi, or something completely different.

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Can't make PDF through pdflatex on Texnicle (Mac)

I get this message, but there is no updated PDF: /Users/Arnstein/Library/Application Support/TeXnicle/engines/pdflatex.engine: line 50: /usr/texbin/pdflatex: is a directory *** ...
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How to call pdftex.exe [duplicate]

I'm trying to call pdftex.exe from the command-line with a simple document that looks as follows \documentclass{article} \begin{document} test \end{document} But instead of my PDF I get the ...
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Biblatex/biber fails with a strange error about missing recode_data.xml file

I'm trying to use biblatex and when I compile my document I get an error like the following: Windows data source C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp\par-5061756c\ ...
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Cannot produce document with xcookybooky

I am trying to create my own cookbook, using package xcookybooky. My code is \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} % for creating the lines for the hint \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage{xcolor} ...
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How can I ignore latex error while compiling?

When a tex file is compiled, everytime an error is detected, compilation stops and user action (usually hitting return key) is expected through console by user. I would like to ask, how is it possible ...
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How to compile a LaTeX file in WinEdt 6

I downloaded WinEdt 6 but I do not know how to compile and run the file as compiled in previous versions.
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Setting package option from the command line

I want to compile a document that uses the tcolorbox package in two different ways: with the option /tcb/lowerbox set to visible, so that the lower part of the tcolorbox environment is typeset with ...
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Trouble with my first latex document

Just downloaded Protex, downloaded TexStudio, and i'm trying to create a document, and i have \documentclass{article} \begin[12pt]{document} \section{Executive Summary} \end{document} and its ...
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Instant preview for Asymptote?

KtikZ/QtikZ is handy for previewing TikZ code. Is there an equivalent for Asymptote?
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How can I automate the workflow for producing multiple versions of a document? [duplicate]

Say you have two versions of the same LaTeX document. For instance, you have one version of your lecture slides for actually delivering a lecture: as you're really not a big fan of the "wall of ...
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dtx file: how to run it?

I want to clarify first that I am a beginner, and thus my question might be imprecise or inadequate. Anyway: I found this documentation file for the package microtype, can be easily found on ctan. It ...
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Could significant speedups be gained from package code minification?

Wikipedia: Minification is (also minimisation or minimization), in computer programming languages and especially JavaScript, is the process of removing all unnecessary characters from source code ...
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“Missing $ inserted” error in bibliography, no underscores

When I compile my thesis the following error pops up: Underfull \hbox (badness 1264) in paragraph at lines 61--61 []\T1/ppl/m/n/12 ^^U^^U^^U.^^P Naples 2008, or, the Waste Land: Trash, Citizenship, ...
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Compile tex dependency before compiling main file

I need to include a letter in my report, and I'm doing this using the pdfpages package. I'd like it so that when my report, report.tex goes to compile and include letter.pdf, it first compile ...
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TeXnicCenter hangs on pdf build [closed]

I am having the issue that when I try to build any file that includes => pdf, teXnicCenter immediately hangs, eventually builds, hangs again, eventually opens Adobe, hangs again, eventually opens the ...
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Use glossary term in another entry

It may be useful to me to reference a glossary entry in another, as in \documentclass[a4paper, 11pt, oneside, brazil]{book} \usepackage[brazil]{babel} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} ...
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make texmaker show compile error output (Message/Log) with custom lualatex user-build-command

i want to compile documents with a lualatex user build command within texmaker on mac os x. here is my command: /usr/texbin/lualatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex|open %.pdf It ...
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Unwanted blank pages before and after a chapter [closed]

I use Xelatex, and the class Report I have a document that follows this simple architecture : \part (thee) \chapter (nine chapters and two chapters* (for introduction and conclusion) \section ...
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Compiling multi-file LaTeX file

I have large LaTeX project (my thesis) with a main TeX file and many subfiles contained in their own subdirectories. The template is available here at Cambridge University website Now coming to my ...
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How to cross-reference several objects simultaneously

I want to define a macro for referencing equations in an article. I want the equation to be referenced as: " Eq. (3) " So I defined a command "\eref{}" as: \def\eref#1{Eq.~\ref{#1}} But I also have ...
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synctex.gz file is (busy) [closed]

I'm trying to compile my LaTeX file (an article), but I keep getting a Windows API error: my synctex file is busy - the filename has been changed and appended with (busy). I'm using TexMaker to ...
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Insert terminal output to compilation or record time needed

For some reason my document takes very long to compile, and I would like to narrow down why this happens. Finding the bottleneck would be greatly eased if I could time how long individual sections in ...
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Errors but compiling xetex

I use xelatex for my thesis. This is my preamble \documentclass[12pt, a4paper, oneside, openany]{book} \usepackage{xltxtra} \usepackage{xgreek} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{amsfonts} ...
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Argument of \NROrg@ifthenelse has an extra }

I presume the problem I have been encountering is quite trivial. But I could not find any help via Google, so I am asking the experts. The problem is the following: I want to create a Cirriculum using ...
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Is there a way to partially evaluate TeX files? [duplicate]

I am looking for tools or techniques that can partially evaluate (e.g. inline definitions) a TeX source file into an equivalent, simplified TeX file with some parameters fixed. Specifically I would ...
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I want to type a document once and typeset it at multiple different levels of complexity

I think this is clearest in an example. Here's my document: \begin{enumerate} \item{1} The heart \begin{enumerate] \item{1} It pumps blood through the body. \item{2} It has four ...
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What options to use with pdflatex and when

Reading this question arara: show warnings only in the last compilation step made me realize that I can probably save some compile time by changing the options I use with pdflatex. For a "typical" ...
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how to compile just one equation

I am working with WinEdt 6.0 and working with a long document, therefore, some times I would like to compile just one equation and get the pdf output of it, instead of running pdflatex that compiles ...
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Couldn't open font map file “kanjix.map”. with MiKTeX

\documentclass{article} \begin{document} Foo \end{document} When compiling this MWE with MiKTeX 2.9’s xelatex, I get the following warning: ** WARNING ** Couldn't open font map file "kanjix.map". ...
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media9: “l3kernel too old” (support outdated)

Well, I was trying to follow this answer "beamer, media9 - play multiple videos at once", in order to play two videos at the time in one frame. But the problem is that, after installing the packages ...
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Compiling LaTeX in pedantic mode

Some compilers for general purpose programming languages such as GCC have a switch for turning warnings into actual errors: $ gcc -Werror main.c There is a similar mechanism for compiling LaTeX ...
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Avoiding warning message with “each nth point” option in pgfplots

Let assume I have a signal with a very large number points. Once I obtain the associated TikZ file, I may run out of memory for compilation... Ok, so one way to solve this issue is to use the option ...
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Unclean .aux file causes “file ended while scanning use of \@newl@bel” error. Why is it not purged?

I am working on TeX Live 2013 with TeXShop (MacTex2013 distribution) Expected behavior is, that in the case an error occurs during compilation the .aux file is purged. Subsequent compilation must ...
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LaTeX file not compiling due to too many unprocessed floats and other error messages

I am in the process of trying to compile a LaTeX document. I have a separate .bib file and am using BiBTex. I had put in eight figures, generally using the htbp placement option, and these compiled ...
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Got more pages with repeated compile

Well I have encountered this problem so many times that I can't help but ask here. When I compile my documents for the very first time, I get 145 pages. Then I compile them again without any other ...
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Texmaker's internal PDF-viewer keeps file handler to .pdf open and hinders subsequent compilings

after updating to Texmaker 4.0.4 today, I am no longer able to compile my PDFs more than once per Texmaker session. I need to quit Texmaker and run it again to compile again. The error I get is the ...
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How does LaTeX tell me that it wants to be run a second time?

Sometimes, when I use the longtable package I get a message in the output: Package longtable Warning: Table widths have changed. Rerun LaTeX. I read that it can be as often as three times that ...
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Ghostscript error: ERROR -15 closing pdfwrite device

Consider the folllowing example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage{hyperref} \newif\ifprint %\printfalse \printtrue \makeatletter \@ifpackageloaded{hyperref}{ ...
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XeTeX in OpenBSD

How could I get XeTeX in OpenBSD? I have tried to: pkg_add texlive_base-2012, but it tries to install so much more that I ran out of space. run the install-tl perl script for TL13, but even if I ...
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What is the most elegant way to provide a cross-platform project with automated compilation routine?

There are many different ways to automate the compilation of a LaTeX project. I would like to start a discussion, what would be the most flexible and elegant and omnipotent way to provide a project ...
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Why do font substitutions need to happen even with vector fonts?

I often get warnings saying Size substitutions with differences up to ... have occurred, even while using fonts like Palatino, which as far as I understand are defined to be arbitrarily scalable. Why ...
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LaTeX 'Cannot execute this comand'

working first time with TeX, installed TexNicCenter and MikTeX. I got some .tex files which I want to convert to .pdf just to make sure everything is installed properly and it works so I can stark ...
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File `imakeidx.sty' not found

Since the last update of MiKTeX, I am experiencing an issue when compiling my work : it stops and the log file says : ! LaTeX Error: File `imakeidx.sty' not found. Type X to quit or <RETURN> ...
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TexShop will not compile without trashing aux files after every error

I have a couple of LaTeX files with the same problem. If I produce an error, fix it, and then try to compile a pdf, I get the following error. )Runaway argument? {{ ! File ended while scanning use of ...
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compilation problem related to solution to “output multiple pdf files” : PLEASE HELP [duplicate]

Can someone please explain to me how to make the example sample solution, work with some actual text content? In particular, exact steps of compilation under a Unix environment... and a sample input ...
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increase \hyphenation{word1 word-2…} capacity

We use LaTeX to typeset a large collection of books with many proper names. We use the \hyphenation{word1 word-2...} command to specify words that should not be hyphenated and to suggest hyphenation ...
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Texmaker: showing the same old pdf

I recently installed Mepis on my computer, so I had to install LiveTex, TeXmaker, etc. from scratch. Everything works fine in TeXmaker, except for the .pdf. Every time I compile and want to see the ...
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Replace paragraphs with boxes [closed]

I would like to replace the paragraphs of a compiled document with framed boxes. Although I read the /tex/latex/base documentations I have no idea how to tackle this problem. In detail I want to ...
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TikZ: compiling a standalone picture

I am not sure if this is recreate-able through a MWE. Whenever I compile a standalone TikZ picture, it compiles all my standalone figures in the same folder. I am using Ubuntu 13.04 and Emacs with ...
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How to trace LaTeX errors efficiently?

One of the most annoying things about LaTeX is that handling errors can be cumbersome and nerve-racking. In fact, it is the main reason that keeps me from actively recommending LaTeX to most people ...