How can I find the error line in a multi file document? Usually WinEdt5 goes to the error line when double clicking on an error (at least with single files). When I include files, this is not working anymore and it jumps to the last line of the main file. I also don't know where to look up the error line by hand as it gives me e.g. an error on line 906, which is somewhere in the included files but I have no idea where. Is the an output file where I can look up the line numbers and find the error? (I'm using PDFLatex). Jumping to the error line would of course be even better.

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    Updating your WinEdt may fix this problem, current version number is 8. What's more, the log file shows which file is processing by TeX engine, reading the log file could also help you find errors.
    – Ch'en Meng
    Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 10:21
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    The log-file tells you which file has just been opened. Also did you try to setup your main file as "main file" in winedt? At least in an actual winedt (winedt 5 is old!) it is then able to jump to include files. Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 10:21
  • I don't think this will help you - but other editors handle external files correctly: TeXnicCenter for Windows and TeXStudio on Windows and Linux. Or maybe as others have said - update to the current version of your editor.
    – DetlevCM
    Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 10:38
  • Well I guess for updating one needs a new license...
    – Tanja
    Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 14:51
  • TeX Live provides all of its tex engines with a command line option that gives error messages in the format <file>:<line>:<error>. I'm sure MiKTeX has this also. With that option, the .log file will show you which file the error was in.
    – Dan
    Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 6:07

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[To get this off the unanswered list]

You are using a really obsolete version of WinEdt...

Every version >=6 is able to locate the error in the right file.

It suffices that you set your main document as a "main file" through the command "Set Main File" available in the "Project" menu or in the Tree interface toolbar.

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