{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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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 ...
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Compilation taking too long when including svg

This is a general question. I have been very happy when using inkscape for my LaTeX files. Now I am preparing a presentation using beamer and I am trying to include svg files into my presentation ...
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How to make compilation faster? [closed]

I have a rather large document (about 150~200 pages) with plenty of cross-references. I can, of course, use \include and \includeonly, but I do not only have new chapters, I also use \input for ...
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Print 'system information' in LaTeX doc

I've used TeX quite a bit before but am getting back into it at the moment. I want to print a document details page with info such as: Compiled on: Compiled by: OS version: LaTeX version: ...
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When and why should I use % !TEX TS-program and % !TEX encoding?

Occasionally, I see other people's documents starting with two lines like that: % !TEX TS-program = xelatex % !TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode It's clear to me that the first line declares the engine ...
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Compilation error when plot and subplot are inserted [closed]

I am trying to add subtables inside tables. To achieve that I add the following packages: \usepackage[format=plain,labelfont=bf,up,textfont=it,up]{caption} \usepackage{subcaption} After adding ...
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Not recompile unchanged pgfplots graph

I'm writing a document with something like 30 graphs with a lot of points in each. The graphs are almost ok and I don't need to change them for now. I'm improving the text, so I need to recompile ...
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\ref and \cite stopped working

My WinEdt version had to be reinstalled and now I can't use PDFTexify or Texify. That wouldn't be a problem since I still can use PDFLaTeX. So I try that, what happens? Now, all \cite{} show [?] and ...
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Is the parsing of --translate-file in the first line disabled by default?

I couldn't find any information in either MikTeX nor TeXlive docs. AFAIR, the parsing of the first line (with --translate-file etc.) is disabled by default in modern TeX distros; am I right?
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Compilation of LaTex in Windows? With TeXnicCenter or other software?

I am forced to use Windows -machine during certain classes, software provided by this party here. I have earlier compiled things through SSH but now trying to use Tex -softwares built for Windows ...
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Automatically create two PDF output files from one tex file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can one TeX file output to multiple PDF files? Let's say I have a tex file foo.tex. Now, I want to achieve that pdflatex does not only create a file foo.pdf but ...
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Problem with quick build [closed]

I just started using texmaker and have now faced a problem with viewing the made file as a pdf-file. I have selected the PdfLaTex + View PDF setting from the Quick Build Command -list. And next to the ...
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Arbitrary text parsing from a separate file

I'm still very new to the world of TeX, so please bear with me if this question is unclear or has been asked before. I'm starting to figure my way through TeX and the millions of plugins and ...
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Parts of XeLaTeX doesn't work after moving to LinuxMint

I one of my headerfiles, I used the command \setmathfont[]{XITS Math}, once I tried to compile the document as always with xelatex, I get the following error: ! Undefined control sequence. l.87 ...
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What is a function f(n) returning LaTeX code requiring exactly n compilations to yield stable output?

Is there a (simple) recipe for producing LaTeX code requiring exactly n compilations? (That is, I'm looking for an algorithm/function f(n) with domain {1, 2, 3, ...} and LaTeX code as its range.) If ...
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What types of code patterns will increase the number of required runs of the latex command?

It is known that references require an additional run of LaTeX and that these references may depend on BibTeX, which in turn depends on at least one previous compilation of the document source. I have ...
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How to precisely tell from log-file whether to rerun LaTeX

There is a bit of discussion in related questions about automated LaTeX (re)compilation (e.g., here and here) and elsewhere on the web on rerunning the latex command in order to resolve all ...