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the memory dump file could not be found

I'm using MiKTex on Windows 8. Using the simplest tex file would bring about the error. pdflatex.exe: the memory dump file could not be found. \documentclass{article} \begin{document} ...
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The system cannot find the file specified

I have just downloaded WinEdt and written my first code, but it will not run because I keep getting the following error. I am at a loss as to how to fix this. Error launching Console Application ...
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MikTex error for PNG images when trying to produce DVI

I have a tex file with \includegraphic elements for some PNG images. I use MikTeX on Windows and the PDF is fine. Now, I need a DVI so I tried using: \pdfoutput=0 This creates a DVI, but only after I ...
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Error with \newcommand and \section

I'm trying to typeset an article. In the preamble, I defined these two things: \newcommand{\leftexp}[2]{{\vphantom{#2}}^{#1}{#2}} \newcommand{\hr}{\leftexp{*}{\mathbb{R}}} However, when I try to ...
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tlmgr cannot setup TLPDB

I'm trying to update my installation of texlive 2013 under Ubuntu 13.10. However, I followed the instruction on this answer, but I get an error (running on Debian, switching to user mode!) ...
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How to overcome Acrobat Reader error 131 with a pdfLaTeX doc?

I'm generating a PDF document with pdflatex (more precisely, latexmk invoked from TexMaker 3.4. My LaTeX install is TeXLive 20120719). I can read the document fine in Okular and Gmail's attachment ...
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MikTeX 2.8 Update Error “Windows API error 87”

I was happily updating packages when the following error appeared: Error: Windows API error 87: The parameter is incorrect. The full update report with this error at the very end is as follows: ...
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Using TikZ inside a figure caption

I have a PNG plot with a couple of black patches in it, and I'd like to refer to it in the \caption of of the figure. According to the TikZ manual, I'd have to \tikz \fill[black] (1ex,1ex) circle ...
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Tex capacity exceeded, sorry [input stack size = 5000]

This is the error I am getting since I have added some new references to my .bib file. I think is more than a filled stack. Any ideas? references.bib It was requested a minimum working example but I ...
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Windows Miktex can't find mathtools.sty [duplicate]

When I try to compile my paper I get the following error: ! LaTeX Error: Filemathtools.sty' not found.` Other packages are successfully found and automatically installed, but mathtools.sty is not. I ...
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What is causing undefined control sequence?

I'm getting this error: ! Undefined control sequence. l.64 ...p(- \frac{E_j - E_i}{k_B T}) & \quad \text {: E_j > E_i}\\ ? ! Undefined ...
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TeX capacity exceeded (save size)

I am generating a fairly large index of .txt, .tex, and .pdf files. This process has worked for a long time, and the size of the index is not the issue. I have added logic to insert additional links ...
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Attempt to export EPS figures from TikZ fails

I'm attempting to output EPS figures when using MikTeX 2.8 under Windows XP, and am following Export eps figures from TikZ. My problem is that I can't get the bare example given there to run. The ...
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Why does Lualatex crash after a recent update?

After updating packages of MiKTEX 2.9 lualatex stopped working. I execute this code: \documentclass[12pt]{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \node[] at (0,0) {A}; ...
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TeX capacity exceeded with glossary package

My document contains many thousands of glossary items. When compiling with XeLaTeX, about 1/8 of the way through the document, it reports: ! TeX capacity exceeded, sorry [main memory size=3000000]. ...
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\( \) don't work with TOC?

If I write this line of code \subsection{Ranger \( n \) boules distinguables dans \( M \) boîtes} I obtain an error over the second \) (./Probabilité.toc ./Probabilité.toc:8: LaTeX Error: Bad ...
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Impossible to save LaTeX file in Texmaker on Windows

Yesterday, I downloaded the latest version of MiKTeX and Texmaker and started using XeLaTeX. Today, I am no longer able to compile or save any .tex file. When I try to do so, a message pops up: “The ...
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Bad Character code (256)/ \select@language{greek}

I was trying to install minted package in TeXLive. I installed it and then run sudo tlmgr update --all. It was running slow so I stopped it using Ctrl+Z in an ubuntu terminal and then I run sudo tlmgr ...
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TeX fails to generate output with Hebrew text: Jerusalem font metric file missing

I have MiKTeX installed on a Windows machine. I have this simple document, where I'm trying to use Hebrew: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{ucs} % package to add unicode support ...
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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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titling's \thetitle, \theauthor and \thedate don't work

I was trying to use \thetitle, \theauthor and \thedate of the titling package, but none of them worked. MWE: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{titling} \begin{document} \thetitle \theauthor ...
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\textsubscript not working anymore after update

I ran into a weird problem after a recent MikTeX update. I used to use \usepackage{fixltx2e} to get the command \textsubscript{}. However, if I do this now I get the warning Package fixltx2e Warning: ...
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tikzpicture “There is no … in font nullfont”, but no extraneous text

While looking at the log file of my document, I see a lot of paired error message lines that look like this (there might be slight inaccuracies, I am typing this on another computer for reasons I ...
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An error produced when using the caption package

My .tex file: \documentclass[a4paper,twoside,portrait,12pt,openright,final,pdflatex]{report} \usepackage[bindingoffset=8mm]{geometry} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{arabtex} \usepackage{utf8} ...
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Tikz and ctable incompatibility, gives error when printing

When I print a report I get an error: An error exists on this page. Acrobat may not display the page correctly. Please contact the person who created the PDF document to correct the problem ...
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How to make Biber also print the debug information in the log file?

I've switched from BibTeX to Biber and I was struggling with some errors. During those problems (see biblatex error: invalid format of field 'date' - what's wrong? and biber: Caught ...
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Error message: There's no line here to end

In a letter-class document that had no previous errors I am suddenly getting the error message: "There's no line here to end" \opening{text} I've used this file many times and today it starts ...
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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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Is there a \die command?

Is there a command that generates the error or warning of my choice? I'm planning to put it in an \ifthenelse, so it can't be a syntax error.
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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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Error: could not start the command in Texmaker when I run makeindex

I'm trying to create a nomenclature but I'm getting the following error when I run makeindex: Error: Could not start the command This error appears even with this basic example: ...
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Opaque error messages given by common environments

This is a public-interest question. The title of the question Why does this error keep popping up even though I clearly fixed it? poignantly expresses a fundamental truth of LaTeX usage: sometimes ...
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How to produce a list of frames with Beamer if frame titles have LaTeX tags in them?

Related to: Is there any way to produce List of frames with beamer? The above method works if frame titles don't have tags such as \emph{} in them. However, if a frame title has such a tag, the error ...
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How to draw a circular cone

I want to draw the circular cone given by the equation z²=x²+y². (I do not mind using any given package.) I tried to use the pst-solides3d package with the help of its manual to generate the ...
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After MiKTeX update when using LuaLaTeX: Package pgf Error: Driver file ``pgfsys-luatex.def'' not found

I just updated my MiKTeX instance to the latest packages and am using the LuaLaTeX compiler. Whenever a document relies on pgf I get the following error: ! Package pgf Error: Driver file ...
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libertine font package doesn't work anymore (December 2011)

If you're using an up-to-date system and you're having trouble with using the Linux Libertine fonts, you should probably check out Linux Libertine package and fonts not working any more (fall 2012), ...
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Getting strange error with MiKTeX when trying to use “kpfonts” package

I'm getting the following error when trying to compile the following very minimal example with MiKTeX: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{kpfonts} \begin{document} test ...
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! LaTeX Error: Not in outer par mode

I am using an image within minipage and getting error message. ! LaTeX Error: Not in outer par mode. Below is minimal working example. \documentclass[11pt,table,a4paper]{article} ...
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Error: extra alignment tab has been changed to \cr

I am using the ACM SIG template and trying to create a table of 4 columns. I get the error mentioned in the title of the question. I know the standard reasons why this error can occur. But my ...
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Language problems with biblatex and babel

I am trying to use biblatex with IEEEtran and babel, however I am having an error: Package babel Error: You haven't defined the language ENGLISH yet.. With regular Bibtex everything works as usual. ...
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Missing $ inserted

I am new to latex. I am trying to compile someone else's document. I have all the correct packages installed, but I get the following error: *Overfull \hbox <37.8394pt too wide> in paragraph ...
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Why does `! Missing $ inserted.` occur when using \verb in beamer?

When I use \verb+...+ within beamer I get ! Missing $ inserted. <inserted text> $ l.6 \end{frame} ? What is going wrong and how do I fix this problem? A minimal example is ...
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tabular, siunitx and input - `Extra }, or forgotten $.`

I'm trying to include data into a tabular environment \usepackage{booktabs} \usepackage{siunitx} \begin{table} \begin{center} \begin{tabular}{SSSS} \toprule {$na^3$} & ...
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Why does doublespacing using setspace have errors when used in a minimal documentclass?

Just curious why \doublespacing seems broken in a minimal document. It works ok when the documentclass is set to article. \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{setspace} \doublespacing ...
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Revisiting TIPA and Fontspec

fontspec does not generally play nicely with TIPA these days. My intention in this question is to find out what exactly is causing the problem. In attempting to diagnose the problem, I began with the ...
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empty ’thebibliography' environment

I get this error and I really don't know how to handle it. I saw similar questions here and I've tried the solutions, but it didn't work. \documentclass[a4paper,12pt,fleqn]{book} %{scrartcl} ...
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Updating MiKTeX: again errors [duplicate]

After today's update of MiKTeX I got lot of errors like this: ! \textfont 192 is undefined (character ???). \beamer@doifinframe ...v 10^{13}\;\text {cm}^{-3}$ ...
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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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Glossaries and custom section headings broken

I've a document, where I use the glossaries to manage acronyms for me. Sometimes, I use a \gls{} command inside a section heading, and I have defined page headers to have the current section heading. ...
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Errors/Warnings in LaTeX Output

I use Vim to edit LaTeX documents and pdflatex to compile the documents. One problem with using pdflatex is that it takes time to go through the output to see if there is any warning/errors. ...