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This is probably the ultimate beginner-level question, but I can't produce a pdf from LaTeX.

I downloaded from here (http://www.rpi.edu/dept/arc/training/latex/resumes/) three things:

1)res9a.tex

2)res.cls

3)helvetica.sty

and I saved all three files in the same directory (folder).

I open res9a.tex in Texnicle (http://www.bobsoft-mac.de/texnicle/texnicle.html) and I make no changes. I simply click Typeset and it seems to work without error, but then I click Build and View and it says there is no pdf document found. Sure enough, no pdf file in that folder (named res9a.pdf, theoretically).

I am like 99.999% sure the res9a.tex file is correct since it's on this public website and furthermore, I've used it months ago to create a resume successfully. Somehow, nothing has changed, and yet, it has.

I know this is a pathetic question, but please please help!

closed as off-topic by egreg, Seamus, Werner, cslstr, Benedikt Bauer Jun 4 '14 at 18:47

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    Search the log-file, open it and check it for errors. – Ulrike Fischer Jun 4 '14 at 16:39
  • what is in the folder is there a resp2.dvi ? – David Carlisle Jun 4 '14 at 16:43
  • Nothing new is produced in the folder at all, so there's still just the three files I mentioned above. I'm presuming it's supposed to generate a log file or something? That's not there either. – Steve Jun 4 '14 at 16:47
  • Actually, I found this in the window when I typeset:line 53: /usr/texbin/pdflatex: No such file or directory – Steve Jun 4 '14 at 16:49
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a problem due to missing TeX distribution – egreg Jun 4 '14 at 17:42
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Thank you to @darthbith for leading me in the right direction. I was a fool, and was missing a huge piece of the puzzle I guess. MikTex for windows, I think, but I just needed to install MacTeX (http://tug.org/mactex/) and then it worked properly.

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