{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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pgfgantt package - Timeout: Loading MPS to PDF converter (version 2006.09.02)

I am trying to compile a tex file that should display a gantt chart made with the help of the pgfgantt package. During compilation I get the line Loading MPS to PDF converter (version 2006.09.02) and ...
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Do the online LaTeX compilers use a TeX daemon to speed up their compilation?

There seem to be quite a few fabulous web-sites now that compile LaTeX online. I was wondering what techniques these sites used to speed up compilation of documents. It would seem they would be ...
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Code in \lstlisting breaks document (compile error) [closed]

I want to show a JSON object in my document. If I do the following, it works: \begin{lstlisting} { "id": "5", "key": "discardedCard" } \end{lstlisting} But if I extend the code to the ...
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Easier than “latex bibtex latex latex”?

The process for inserting references into a Latex document consists of running: latex bibtex latex latex This is necessary because each step produces auxiliary files that the next step uses (i.e., ...
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Sublime Text 2 latex tools/New Build

Please excuse me if I've posted this in the wrong area. I've just started using Sublime Text 2 for Latex with the LaTeX tools plugin. It's wonderful. I'm using Mac ox 10.6.8 I'm wondering about ...
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`macro parameter character #' in horizontal mode - Texmaker [closed]

I use Texmaker and I keep getting this error: ! You can't use `macro parameter character #' in horizontal mode. However I can force compile it using cmdline as pdflatex foo.tex. Any idea what the ...
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how to get lualatexmk to run in \nonstopmode

I use the engine lualatexmk to create my documents. This runs the entire pdf-generating-process several times until a stage is reached where an additional run of this process wouldn't change the ...
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Latex or PdfLatex to generate DVI

I would like to generate DVI output using latex or pdflatex, it doesn't matter. First, I would like to mention that I run the following command to compile my document and it runs successfully - ...
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Faulty output because of Polyglossia issue [closed]

this is my first question on here so I hope I'll include all necessary information right away. I am running MiKTeX 2.9, set up for XeTeX; my Editor is TeXMaker and my OS is Windows 8, 64-bit. ...
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TeXstudio Compile: Error: Could not start the command: pdflatex.exe

I'm trying write a report in LaTeX but TeXstudio won't let me. All I have is this: \documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{report} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage{lmodern} ...
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tikz: code just keeps compiling? [closed]

I was trying to draw arcs in tikz, and I was using code from this site \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{decorations.pathreplacing} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw ...
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#ifdef analog for LaTeX

For example there is a simple tex-file with following text: \documentclass[tikz]{standalone} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) circle (0.4cm); \end{tikzpicture} \end{document} Is it ...
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Run multiple commands in TeXShop typeset [duplicate]

I am a user of biblatex-mla and I wish to run the whole bibliography generation workflow with a single click of "Typeset" in TeXShop. pdflatex filename.tex bibtex filename pdflatex filename.tex How ...
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Convert LaTeX compilation from multiple run throughs to single compilation [duplicate]

I have a simple question about using LaTeX. I often have to do pdf2Latex several times and with a Bibtex thrown in there somewhere to get my document to come out correctly. More or less looks like ...
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Making sense of compile error logs

Is there a documentation somewhere which gives a gentle guidance on interpreting error logs? Sometimes it is really hard to figure out how to correct something judging by the log and it would be ...
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MiKTeX order of precedence for duplicate files

I am using MiKTeX under a single-user installation. My MiKTeX Options dialogue shows me, if I click on the "Show MiKTeX-maintained root directories" checkbox, directories in the following order (from ...
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Problem finding metafonts at compilation

I'm trying to compile a document using the latex command. This document compiles fine on other machines, but on the machine I'm currently using (Ubuntu 12.04 with texlive installed via aptitude), it ...
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How can I run LaTeX from Sublimetext 2?

Actually, I have read the similar issues that are asked here. But still I can not find a solution for my case. I loaded Latextools plugin, and I installed Sumatra pdf viewer. Even though I added to ...
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What's the maximum number of pages a PDF produced by pdfTeX can have?

Are there some limitations regarding the pdflatex command with respect to the count of pages of the input files? My highest page count, when compiling, was 90 without any troubles. (2008) Currently ...
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TeXLive problem with the default MLA package, \ifpdf seems to be undefined

As I'm compiling an example document to a PDF, which worked on the Ubuntu repository's version of TeXLive, but now on the install that I ran last night, things are broken. This is the output I get ...
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Is it possible to integrate sage in kile?

I'm using sagetex to output the result of computations directly on LaTeX. I'm using Kile as my editor. The usual procedure for compilation is: compile LaTeX on Kile. goto terminal and load the Sage ...
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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? ...