{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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Compiling only a page range or page selection

How do I easily compile only a page range or page selection? That is, I would like a document that looks exactly like the full document, has only the subset of pages that were manually chosen, by ...
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LaTeX Error: File `subfiles.sty' not found

I'm using pdflatex to compile my .tex files and I'm new on this. I have this package that uses subfiles, but I can't compile because of this error: LaTeX Error: File `subfiles.sty' not found. I ...
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A resource for converting LaTeX within the browser [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Compiling documents online Does anyone know of a resource that converts LaTeX within the browser? Not using something I have to install like mathjax but something ...
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Quotes problem in beamer

I'm trying to make nice big quotes work in my presentation, but there is some error, a clashing of packages I assume, and I don't know how to resolve this :\ So my mwe is here: %&latex ...
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vim-LaTeX does not run bibTeX

I'm on a Windows 7 machine, using the most recent version of vim-LaTeX with gVim. With all of the defaults, using \ll to compile my document only runs LaTeX once, when it should run multiple times, ...
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About conversion of LaTeX file into PDF file

Whenever I type something in LaTeX and want to view it in PDF, it doesn't yield the required view, even if the file is saved. Instead it gives me an error stating that the file can't be found. Can ...
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Remote TeX from Windows RT

I have picked up a Surface RT and while there are LaTeX editors in the Microsoft store, nothing exists in terms of compilation. Is there a way I can save a .tex file on my Surface but send it to a ...
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Too much time spent in compilation [closed]

I have created my thesis and I have a problem enough annoying. I have created the appendix of my thesis and put into all tables. I used as font mathptmx. When I try to compile it takes so much time ...
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Put a pstricks cover at the beginning of a file without affecting the rest of it

I have two files. One is a pstricks cover. The other is the interior of the book. They both are fine on their own. I would like to put the code for pstricks cover on the first page of the pdf and ...
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Latex error during make [closed]

make -C doc html latexpdf yields this: Package hyperref Message: Driver (autodetected): hpdftex. (/usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/hyperref/hpdftex.def ...
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Where to find official (!) and extended documentation for tex/latex's commandline options (especially -interaction modes)?

Today I tried to learn more about the several interaction modes for tex/latex/pdflatex etc. The manpages turned out to be not very helpful: $ man tex ... -interaction mode Sets the ...
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Error using hyperxmp package

I'm trying to create xmp metadata using hyperxmp package. After having read the documentation I add in my preample this: \usepackage{hyperxmp} \usepackage{hyperref} \hypersetup{% Configurazione del ...
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Compiling my own mktexfmt

I'm trying to compile my own version of pdftex which works fine. However, I must compile my own format file (fmt) for that. This should be done with mktexfmt. My problem is that I don't know where to ...
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Building LaTeX files by one command [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tools for automating document compilation Is there a single command which would run bibtex, makeglossary (pdflatex x N ...) etc. automatically? I could create Makefile ...
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What does --shell-escape do?

I stumbled upon an example, which needed to be compiled with the additional option --shell-escape. Using this option it worked just fine, but I'm curious: Why or when is this option needed and ...
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Why can't TeXShop find pdflatex? [closed]

I have a MacOSX 10.7. I wanted to install MacTeX (2012) on my Mac. But after installing TeXShop could not compile a simple Text. I used a former version of MacTeX on my Tiger Systems for which it was ...
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Fine-tuning page output upon second compilation

This question is quite general. Nonetheless I believe that it touches upon something fundamental. That said, anyone feel free to improve the question. LaTeX can be thought of as a complex algorithm ...
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Does \today use the system clock or take time off of a time server?

I would like to know whether \today gets time off of a time server or the system clock, and when. Does it get the time when compiling? Upon viewing the document created?
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Half of a document in pdfLaTeX, half in XeLaTeX

As far as I know, I cannot use microtype in XeLaTeX, and cannot use fontspec in pdfLaTeX. I am rendering Chinese symbols only on one page, and I need this line: \newfontfamily{\J}[Scale=0.85]{Osaka} ...
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Can/Should I use '\jobname' to pass information from outside LaTeX?

I'm creating a parameterized document. I want to pass a string into the document from outside at 'compile time'. In particular: a comma-separated list. This list will then be used by LaTeX to resolve ...
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How to run TeX from the command line interface in Linux

Even though I can find this command hiding somewhere on the internet, I though it might be useful to have it up here for the LaTeX community in general. How does one run TeX from the command line ...
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LaTeX is compiling the file from before changes

I'm using LaTeX under OSX 10.8.2, TeXworks as an editor. Searching solution for my problem I'm trying to compile differet codeds posted here in questions or answers. I've created few test files where ...
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“Missing $ inserted” errors generated in tabular figure

I've compiled my LaTeX document into a PDF using the website ScribTeX, and everything seems to look fine, but I keep getting the following errors: Similar errors happen every time I use a table. ...
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Compilation 'pauses' and expects input, but there is no error message

When I try to compile the MWE below with xelatex, I get the following: *geometry* detected driver: pdftex ) * The * seems to be a prompt: pressing ENTER gives * (Please type a command or say ...
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Biber typesetting fails [duplicate]

On MacOs X running updated mactex packages, when I compile my biber file I get this error: data source /var/folders/yf/y69gwrx12kj2jtzrs78vg2vm0000gn/T/par-67696f6e61/cache- ...
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Compiler gives hundreds of “invalid character” suddenly

I am writing my latex document in TexMaker and suddenly in one of the thousands of compilations I make there is a error and I cant get rid of it. The error is: ! Text line contains an invalid ...
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Is there a macro telling which OS we're using?

I got some LaTeX documents that I have to compile them under different TeX Live, such as MacTeX or TeX Live. But in different OS, the font seems different too, for example, while in Windows, I prefer ...
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Speedy LaTeXing

I am LaTeXing my notes for a maths class, and I'm wondering what TeX.SE has to say about tips and tricks that have helped them enter their LaTeX code that much faster. It can be anything from a ...
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New installation – Texmaker Quick Build says: “Could not start the command”

I just downloaded and installed Texmaker. I've never used any (La)TeX before. When I click the Run button with an arrow next to "Quick build" I get an error saying "Could not start the command". Why? ...
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Can I use latexmk -C for cleaning up only, and compile with another tool?

Can I compile my document with other tools and use latexmk -C only for cleaning up? One application could be to use it then in the clean: section of a Makefile that uses pdflatex for make pdf.
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LaTeX capacity exceeded [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to expand TeX’s “main memory size”? (pgfplots memory overload) I'm trying to compile a huge LaTeX file with many graphs in it. Those graphs are external files, ...
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How should we make index?

I wrote this LaTeX file with TexMaker and I don't know why there is no index in the PDF file. Please tell me where I'm wrong. ‎\documentclass[10pt,twoside,a4paper]{book}‎ ‎\usepackage{amsmath}‎ ...
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Recovering previous version of .tex file [closed]

I just did something bad :( I use the same canvas of files to typeset some exercices. I normaly copy the main body of my last .tex file onto a new empty document and start from there. But this time, ...
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Error: The program miktex-pdftex.exe was not found! [closed]

My TeXworks doesn't let me compile my documents anymore due to the error: The program miktex-pdftex.exe was not found!: It is OK in TeXnicCenter but not here. I looked up the net to download the ...
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Bibliography not compiling

I have a latex file for my dissertation wherein I include several chapters. Everthing (\ref, figures) compiles file except my bibliography. Scouring the internet does me no help as this seems to be ...
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mktextfm failed to make igo10.tfm

I am using Ubuntu 12.04, and need to install the package at http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/igo to compile a document I have received the tex source of. I am trying to follow the instructions ...
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TeXworks and Command Line Compilation ok, But TeXShop yields different result

Background: As per my earlier question, Can't get real currfile if used in precompiled .fmt file, I am trying to speed up compilation by generating a .fmt file. The example below tests that the ...
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Texmaker / TeXstudio does not compile XeLaTeX with MiKTeX portable

I am trying to migrate from TeXworks to Texmaker (just for the fact that it is better for handling multi-files projects). I am using portable versions of both MiKTeX and Texmaker, so, in Texmaker I ...
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Programming TeX macros so that they output instructions to rerun the compilation

This question is motivated by the behavior of the tikzmark macro created by Andrew Stacey, and a recent discussion with David Carlisle on chat. I have noticed that LaTeX code using tikzmark typically ...
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Compile directive via an included file

Background: For one project, I store all my header .tex/.sty files in ../../../Templates, and all the files need to be at a particular relative directly location so using this relative hierarchy ...
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Avoid infinite compiler passes with biblatex ibid citation styles?

I've run into a problem when using both gb4e and the authoryear-icomp style of biblatex. [I mistakenly thought gb4e had something to do with this, so this question was originally named Avoid clash of ...
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How to use symbols such as \delta and \lambda

I'm trying to use symbols such as \lambda and \delta but for some reason it's not compiling. I've reproduced the problem in the following code: \documentclass[12pt,a4paper,oneside]{article} ...
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Biblatex/biber - no citation, bibdata, or bibstyle found in .aux file

Yo peeps - sorry for the long post, trying to be thorough. I'm having a bit of an issue with biblatex/biber. I was having trouble implementing the acro package which I believed was due to old ...
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Determine OS in which the TeX compilation is taking place [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Print ‘system information’ in LaTeX doc Is there any way to determine whether the TeX document is compiling in Windows, Linux or Mac OS?
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Equivalent to graphicx draft/demo option for tables

I am looking for a way to exclude tables from compilation when I am in draft mode (technically I want to create a boolean such as drafttables that would exclude tables when active). Usually I have ...
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Weird problem with LaTeX/excel2latex

I try to use excel2latex for converting excel tables into LaTeX. Here is the simple code I am using: \documentclass[10pt,a4paper]{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage{amsmath} ...
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Question about using the package exceltex [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing/Using Exceltex I have installed Spreadsheet::ParseExcel and downloaded the zip file from link and unzipped the folder. Then what? I'm trying to compile the ...
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ultrafast pdflatex with precompiling

I try to improve the time pdflatex needs to compile my book. Really working example book.tex %&preamble \begin{document} Hi \end{document} and preamble.tex \documentclass{article} I run ...
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bashrc export TEXEDIT emacs

If PDFLaTeX fails to compile with See the LaTeX manual or LaTeX Companion for explanation. Type H for immediate help. I want to press e to get an instance of Emacs. The cursor should be on ...
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Dual compatibility of TeX sources

Consider the following situation. You enjoy TeXing on your local machine, having fun with the latest versions of various packages. For example, exploiting the benefits of TikZ/externalize... or ...