I'm using AUCTeX for Emacs. I've got a LaTeX document that compiles fine outside of AUCTeX (so the file itself is fine). However, when I try to compile it from inside Emacs using Ctrl-C Ctrl C, I get the following error:

Running `LaTeX' on `Übungsaufgaben' with ``pdflatex --synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode "\input" \Übungsaufgaben.tex''
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.5-1.40.14 (TeX Live 2013)
 restricted \write18 enabled.
entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2011/06/27>
Babel <3.9f> and hyphenation patterns for 78 languages loaded.
! I can't find file `Übungsaufgaben.tex'.
<*> \input Übungsaufgaben.tex

(Press Enter to retry, or Control-D to exit)
Please type another input file name
! Emergency stop.
<*> \input Übungsaufgaben.tex

!  ==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!
Transcript written on texput.log.

LaTeX exited abnormally with code 1 at Mon Jun  2 15:09:56

Replacing the Ü in the filename with "Ue" it works fine so the non ASCII character in the file name appears to be a problem.

Compiling from the terminal also works. locale gives me:


I'm using Aquamacs on OS X 10.9.3. I installed TeX Live via MacTeX and have not modified anything (vanilla LaTeX, "vanilla" Aquamacs, "vanilla" AUCTeX that comes with Aquamacs).

I'm not sure what the actual problem is (it should find the file) or how to fix it so any help would be much appreciated!

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    have you try to use only ASCII character in the title name so without the Ü? Jun 2, 2014 at 13:19
  • Without the Ü it works. Characters like Ü etc. work fine inside the document (apparently not in the filename though). Is there a away of fixing that? Thanks! Jun 2, 2014 at 13:25
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    I can compile a file from AUCTeX with a Ü in its name (AUCTeX + GNU Emacs 24.3 under Debian).
    – giordano
    Jun 2, 2014 at 13:26
  • I think it's depending on your config file so it's for that you cannot with a Ü but giordano can. It could be system dependant too. For example you can need some escape character like "\" in an linux system for a space. Jun 2, 2014 at 13:30
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    The banner I get is Running `LaTeX' on `Übungsaufgaben' with `pdflatex --synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode "\input" \Übungsaufgaben.tex' and the compilations succeeds. (I just removed a backquote and a straight quote in order to make it readable in this comment.)
    – egreg
    Jun 2, 2014 at 15:25

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Five years later: I wrote a file called ümäutö-test.tex and tested under Linux and under Windows 8.1, using Emacs with AucTeX.

It works "out of the box"! Why with ""? Because I had to delete under Windows all lines like

(set-language-environment 'utf-8)
(set-language-environment "UTF-8")
(setq default-file-name-coding-system 'iso-8859-15)
(setq default-file-name-coding-system 'utf-8-dos)
(setq file-name-coding-system 'utf-8)

Obviously SyncTeX still has an issue under Windows, I get SyncTeX written on ml ut -test.synctex.gz. But I'll ask a separate question on that.

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