Recently I'm getting an error on my macbook air since i've upgraded to Yosemite:

usr/texbin/pdflatex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex

Anybody who knows how I can solve this?

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! What is the error message?
    – user31729
    Oct 31, 2014 at 11:17
  • I'm using currently TexMaker, but for some reason he won't quick build my .tex file. This is the error when I'm trying build it: usr/texbin/pdflatex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex
    – VegTo91
    Oct 31, 2014 at 11:22
  • Does this occur with any .tex file? (I can't test anyway, since I am not using Mac)
    – user31729
    Oct 31, 2014 at 11:26
  • There is an extra " that should not belong there, at the end of pdflatex. Check if your compilation command in TexMaker has this as well. If it does, remove it.
    – Markus
    Oct 31, 2014 at 13:18
  • This is actually the full error, my apologies: Error : could not start the command : "/usr/texbin/pdflatex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode "assignment_3".tex
    – VegTo91
    Nov 2, 2014 at 10:13

1 Answer 1


In terminal type "which pdflatex" and you should get something like /Library/TeX/texbin/pdflatex, depending on your system. If you get nothing you need to reinstall mactex. If you do get something say "%whatyougethere%", in Texmaker preferences on quickbuild (which is what I assume you are using change the command to

"%whatyougethere%" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex 


"/Library/TeX/texbin/pdflatex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex

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