{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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texi2dvi runs forever if the document contains references not in the .bib file

If I run the example below with texi2dvi (GNU Texinfo 5.2) 5381 [texlive 2012], it never stops. How can this be avoided? It's somehow strange. I used to have a lot of references in my files which were ...
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Float error with PNAS template

I'm attempting to use the PNAS template at writelatex.com however I'm encountering a strange compiling error when the default title is changed to one that is long enough to require a second line, and ...
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Compiling documents online

I have heard rumors that you can compile documents online, and more specifically that Google has a free online compiler, but I have never been able to find any. Is there a way to compile documents ...
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TeXlipse cannot build

On my new computer I cannot get TeXlipse to build. I'm on a Windows 7 Machine using MikTeX portable. I keep getting the error pdflatex.exe: the memory dump file could not be found. This does not ...
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Fatal error, "Can't write on file 'test.pdf'

I am not the most experienced latex user, so I hope I can describe the problem accurately. When I compile my tex document I get following message: ! I can't write on file `test.pdf'. Please type ...
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cannot compile when using acronym package \Iac command multiple times

When using the acronym package (current version 2012/10/29 v1.38) with hyperref, the upper case indefinite article command \Iac does not compile in some cases. This code \documentclass{article} ...
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No pdf output in Auctex

I reinstall texlive but I auctex don't produce the pdf output. I tried texwork and its works fine. I'm on fedora 19 I'm asking a question following this one, Local font installation problems. I ...
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Compiling Error - TeXworks OS X Mavericks

When i try to compile in TeXworks, I receive this error: kpathsea: Running mktexfmt pdflatex.fmt mktexfmt: No such file or directory I can't find the format file `pdflatex.fmt'! I've used TeXworks ...
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Problems compiling antiquated code using the epic and eepic packages

I was given an extremely large tex file I need to compile, but when trying to compile it, I repeatedly get a non-pdf special ignored error followed by the document without any of the figures included. ...
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“pdflatex: ! Core one to three” error [closed]

I used a javascriptprogram to generate a rather long .tex file (8500 lines), but whenever I try to compile it, it gives me an `pdflatex: ! Core one to three` error. The error doesn't seem to do ...
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TeXStudio: Any command is an “Undefined control sequence” [duplicate]

I'm trying to configure TeXStudio (using Windows) with MiKTeX. I configured the path to latex.exe and pdflatex.exe in Options\Commands and still I get errors compiling any .tex. Every command (like ...
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Why are my Latex compile times varying massively?

I've been using Latex for several years, but recently I've found that I can get crazily varying compilation times. For example: I am currently working on a ~15 page document with around 10 high ...
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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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How to let latex only run one user defined command and save the ouput to a tax file [duplicate]

I want to let latex only run one of my defined commands and output results to a tax file. For example, the following tex file: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[usenames,dvipsnames]{xcolor} ...
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Error in compiling using color package [closed]

I am preparing my dissertation. I am using pdfLaTeX. Document compiles fine, until I try to use \usepackage[dvipsnames,usenames]{color} . Everything shuts down. I can access the ...
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PDF randomly does not show parts of the text without errors in compilation [closed]

I am writing my thesis with pdflatex and did not have any problems until now. When I compile my thesis I don't get any errors. However a part of a sentence is suddenly missing (so that a part of a ...
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Cannot build file on Editorial Manager

I am submitting a manuscript through Editorial Manager. I am getting this error. The manuscript successfully compiles on my local computer and also on WriteLatex which I used for editing. As I am new ...
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Latex error in my compilation

What's wrong with my code test ? I do this to \documentclass[10pt,a4paper]{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[french]{babel} \usepackage{enumitem} ...
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MakeIndex Style and pdfLaTeX Format Not Found

When I try to compile my document I get the following errors: Index style file PhD_Research_Proposal.ist not found pdflatex.exe: The memory dump file could not be found texify: pdflatex.exe failed ...
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Compile all tex files within a folder at once

Is there a way to compile all tex files within a specific folder, from LINUX terminal, at once? I would like to do this using pdflatex or lualatex in a way to create a pdf file for each distinc ...
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Texmaker Hangs on Process started

When I try to run my script in Texmaker, Texmaker gives me the message "Process started" but hangs on it forever and never actually finishes compiling. I know these are long equations, but Texmaker ...
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“Undefined control sequence” on auto-generated tex files [closed]

I'm using ipython-notebook to convert my code to tex file and then to a pdf file, and an issue occurred when converting from the generated tex file to pdf (I've posted an issue here). The whole ...
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How do I run bibtex after using the -output-directory flag with pdflatex, when files are included from subdirectories?

When I have master pdflatex file which includes one or more child documents using something like \include{include/childdoc}, and I call pdflatex on it using pdflatex -output-directory=out parent.tex, ...
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How to prolong compilation time while engaging in leisure activities?

I thought of that old joke today, where a programmer can make an undeniable excuse for his leisure activities while in work on the basis that he is just waiting for his code to compile. Although I ...
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Can one TeX file output to multiple PDF files?

I'd like to be able to create a TeX file that will output multiple PDF files with one compilation. I'm not even sure if this is possible. Here is the setup: I am writing dozens of cover letters for ...
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Biber/BibLaTeX \printbibliography causes “undefined control sequence” in the proceeding line

I'm using biblatex with biber as the backend to write my document. Without \printbibliography, all the citations work perfectly well, and appear in the document, so I assume that my bibliography.bib ...
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Beginner, finding the right directory

I'm just starting out and every tutorial I use begins by asking me to type up a file, save it as a .tex and use a command window in which I am in the directory where I have my file. I how do I get ...
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How to compile files with non-ASCII paths?

I cannot compile files with non-ASCII paths. I am using XeLaTeX from MikTex and TexStudio on Windows. Is it possible to read paths as utf8? The specific path contains Chinese. If I change what ...
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MiKTeX 2.9 bugs between xkeyval or dstroke

Please help a not installation expert. I just upgraded from MiKTeX 2.8 to MiKTeX 2.9 and I use TeXnicCenter 2.02. The compilation "hangs" whith the line "MiKTeX ...
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How do I close a busy synctex.gz file?

I tried to compile a file, and LaTeX didn't like something (I have no idea what). Now, when I try to compile, I am told that "The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another ...
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Auto-hide Winedt Console

Is there anyway to make Winedt console invisible when you are writing the code, and when the compile starts the console shows the log and then disappears by itself? Also if there is an error it stays ...
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How do I make Kile create a new folder for each .tex file I compile?

I am having trouble organizing my LaTeX files; I think encapsulating each file in a folder of the same name might be my best solution. In order to do this efficiently, I need to change the build ...
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clickable problem book

I started to write a clickable problem book using fortextbook. The question: after compiling to PDF, and setting the page fit to width in the Acrobat Reader if I click on e.g. question 1. it jumps to ...
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WriteLatex utf-8 ģ symbol problem

I need to use ģ symbol in my presentation. This symbol has 0123 utf-8 code. But when I am typing it in writeLatex it compiles with error: Package ucs Error: Unknown Unicode character 291 = U+0123, ...
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Latex first page prints: “” [duplicate]

It's my first time posting so if I omit anything that I shouldn't have please let me know. I'm using TeXnicCenter, when I view my output after building my first page is blank apart from: "". A ...
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List of Abbreviations not showing

I had a list of abbreviations, which worked fine, but now it's not showing any more. And I have no idea what I could've changed. It is shown in the table of content, but also on the wrong position. My ...
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Problems compiling arXiv LaTeX source files

I use LaTeX to write papers. I'm using TeXworks/MiKTeX on a Windows XP computer. When I write the LaTeX code, I can compile it without any problems using "pdfLaTeX+MakeIndex+BibTeX". But if I ...
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Update references each time LaTeX compiles document

When I use my TeXnicCenter and hit the compile button I want that all references are updated ... So I don't have to compile 3 times till all those references update. Because with a bunch of pictures ...
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miktex-makemf: The source file could not be found

I m trying to compile file using TeXworks. I use fithesis class because its pre-set class by my university for creating documents. \documentclass[12pt,oneside,final]{fithesis} \usepackage[latin2] ...
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Custom class creating compilation problems

I tried adding my preamble to a new class file called labs.cls, in the same directory as my lab1.tex file. I then changed the preamble of my tex file to \documentclass{labs}. When I try to compile the ...
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Possibility of extending LaTeX capabilities given technology advancements?

As countless questions/answers have noted in the past, LaTeX requires you to compile at least twice when there are references, TOC/LOF, etc. Many of these situations have been documented in the ...
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TeX Live not compiling from TeXnicCenter

Due to problems with psfragfig and MiKTeX I wanted to switch to TeX Live and TeXnicCenter instead (on Windows 8). However it does not compile even the smallest MWE in TeXnicCenter. I always get the ...
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Definition environment versus utf8 [closed]

I had some problems with my code, then I changed to \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} and I could compile. But now I have another problem. I write in Brazilian portuguese, so the definition environment ...
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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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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 ...
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Texnicle on mac can't find file with pdflatex

I've been looking for couple hours now and I haven't found a solution for my problem yet. I am trying to build a PDF using Texnicle. I have set up pdflatex and its always giving me this: This is ...
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Why am I getting a 'missing $ inserted' error? [duplicate]

I'm trying to compile this: \documentclass[11pt,fleqn]{book} \usepackage[top=3cm,bottom=3cm,left=3.2cm,right=3.2cm,headsep=10pt,a4paper]{geometry} \usepackage{xcolor} ...
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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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Compile time optimized “area under analytical curve” plotting with pgfplots?

There are some question regarding how to plot an area under a curve with pgfplots. But as far as I can see, all the answers have in common that a function has to be plotted twice with different style ...
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Compilation problem with tikz diagram

As I said, I'm writing math books for school; one of them is about matrices and I have several problems with it. It's a big code, so I'm trying to summarize it: Problem with TikZ matrix: When I ...