I've just installed MikTex by which TexStudio came aswell as the editor. So far the editor seems fine. My only problem arises once I have to compile and actually look at what I've created.

For now every time I compile something it goes into my C:\users\myname folder. But my tex file is saved under C:\Development\latexWorkspace under the name helloWorld.tex.

I've read through some forums and found out i could do

pdflatex -aux-directory=C:\Development\latexWorkspace -output-directory=C:\Development\latexWorkspace C:\Development\latexWorkspace\helloWorld.tex

So I thought, hey I just change the build in execution of pdflatex in TexStudio. So i changed that command under Options > Configure TexStudio > Commands > PdfLatex to

pdflatex -aux-directory=C:\Development\LatexWorkspace -output-directory=C:\Development\LatexWorkspace %.tex

However i was just given the message:

Error: Could not start the command: pdflatex -aux-directory=C:\Development\LatexWorkspace -output-directory=C:\Development\LatexWorkspace "HelloWorld".tex

I even copied that Error right into CMD and it ran just fine as expected.

Can it be that TexStudio use a custom shell to run commands or such? How can i make it output everything to that folder of mine I want it to?

  • Problem solved, Just had to change C:\Development\LatexWorkspace to C:\\Development\\LatexWorkspace, didn't thought the backslash would do it tho, apparently i forgot the program will handle it as a string, while the cmd apparently dont
    – Wisienkas
    Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 22:47
  • You should write up an answer so it can benefit future visitors to the site.
    – Werner
    Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 6:41
  • TeXstudio doesn't use any shell to execute the commands, but the "are executed directly" (whatever that means), according to TeXstudio : User manual Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 21:13

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[OPs comment converted to an answer]

Just had to change C:\Development\LatexWorkspace to C:\\Development\\LatexWorkspace.

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