I'm trying to automate the creation of PDF documents from tex files via command line.

I use the command pdflatex C:\files\001.tex and files named 001.aux, 001.dvi, 001.log, 001.toc are created in the same folder, but I get the message:

! I can't find file `001.aux '

But it really is in that folder. When ask " Please type another input file name: " I have the option of manually write C:\files\001.aux , but I can`t do this all the time.

Even if i write pdflatex --output-directory="C:\files" --aux-directory="C:\files" C:\files\001.tex I get the same result

closed as off-topic by Martin Schröder, jub0bs, Andrew Swann, Peter Jansson, moewe Feb 9 '14 at 12:38

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  • Perhaps you can show the details of how you are automating the process may be the bash/bat script. – user11232 Feb 8 '14 at 16:27
  • Bat contains only one line per file: pdflatex --output-directory="C:\files\001" --aux-directory="C:\files\001" C:\files\001\001.tex – user45725 Feb 8 '14 at 16:37
  • pdflatex will look for files in the folder where your started pdflatex not where the main file resides. Switch to C:\files in your batch file with cd and then call pdflatex 001.tex. – Ulrike Fischer Feb 8 '14 at 16:53
  • I think that's not the problem. If i open a ms-dos console and write cd C:\Programas\MiKTeX29\miktex\bin In that folder there is a file called 001.tex Then i write pdflatex 001.tex but I get the same error. !I can't find file `001.aux ' – user45725 Feb 8 '14 at 17:11
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    This question appears to be off-topic because the program was started from a read-only directory. – Martin Schröder Feb 9 '14 at 11:48

Put these as the contents of your bat file (say compile.bat)


REM compile the tex document with pdflatex

CD /D %~dp0
pdflatex --output-directory="C:\files\001" --file-line-error --interaction=nonstopmode "001.tex" 

Save the compile.bat in the same folder as the main file (i.e., 001.tex).

For a list of valid options to pdflatex, refer to this link or run pdflatex --help from command prompt. Add as many options as you wish in the batch file (I have added some).

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    The option --aux-directory exists for pdflatex. But it is a MiKTeX specific option. – karlkoeller Feb 8 '14 at 17:53
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    Your bat work fine. Now i know where my mistake was. I was testing from my MikTex installation directory (C:\Programs\MiKTeX29\miktex\bin). For some reason I do not understand if some file (example: 001.tex) is in that location will give the error that I described. Thank you. – user45725 Feb 8 '14 at 17:58
  • @karlkoeller Good to know. Where can we find these details for miktex? – user11232 Feb 8 '14 at 22:37
  • @user45725 From windows vista onwards, writing in Program Files is restricted. – user11232 Feb 8 '14 at 22:39
  • @HarishKumar pdflatex --help – karlkoeller Feb 9 '14 at 0:22

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