I'm kind of new to LaTeX and I'm struggling a lot to make a glossary. I'm using Texmaker under Windows, but I'm not very good at programing. I'm using \usepackage[toc]{glossaries} because I read that there is no version of xindy (somehow better for spanish users as myself) for Windows, or the solutions I found where rather hard for me to understand. I wrote the \makeglossaries and \printglossaries commands, and I made the user command makeglossaries.

On of my entries looks like this:

{name = inconel,
description = {Familia ... Special Metals Corporation.} }

There seems to be no errors in the documents as I can compile the document, but when I hit the makeglossaries user command, I get this error:

Call to makeindex failed Possible cause of problem: Style name indicates makeindex, but may be in xindy format. Remember to use \setStyleFile to specify the name of the style file rather than redefining \istfilename explicitly. Check 'Documento maestro.glg' for details

(Documento maestro is the name of my main file.)

What am I doing wrong?

I know that the question may be very basic but I need to do this for my graduate thesis and I'm finding a big wall with this.

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    Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 2:19
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    Having spaces in file names is often a sure way to have problems. Try renaming your files so that they have no space
    – egreg
    Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 9:15
  • It was just the space in the name! That worked, the glossary is now working! Thanks!
    – ariblogger
    Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 16:41
  • @ariblogger Please don’t create crossposts in several forums without explicitly acknowledging that you’re doing so. latex-community.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=23029
    – doncherry
    Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 6:03

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Spaces in file names are usually a good source for headaches.

Always use file names without spaces in connection with TeX and friends.

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