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I just installed MikTex 2.9 and tried just making a simple table:

\documentclass{article}

\begin{document}

\begin{table}[h!]
  \begin{center}
    \caption{Caption for the table.}
    \label{tab:table1}
    \begin{tabular}{l|c||r}
      1 & 2 & 3\\
      \hline
      a & b & c\\
    \end{tabular}
  \end{center}
\end{table}

\end{document}

but got this message:

You may want to visit the MiKTeX project page (http://miktex.org), if you
need help.

Sorry, but C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\miktex-pdftex.exe did not succeed.

The log file hopefully contains the information to get MiKTeX going again:

  C:/Users/Solarmew/AppData/Local/MiKTeX/2.9/miktex/log/miktex-pdftex.log

You may want to visit the MiKTeX project page (http://miktex.org), if you
need help.

first I tried the solution here (Open the package manager (admin), use repositories -> synchronize) and it didn't give me the same error, but this time it said forest.sty not found, so I went here and followed the advise and changed package repository by checking "packages shall be installed from the internet". Now I have the first error back and it's not going away :(

here's the log:

2015-09-12 19:38:41,935-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - running 'initexmf --quiet --update-fndb' to refresh the file name database
2015-09-12 19:38:41,985-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - The operation failed for some reason.
2015-09-12 19:38:41,985-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Info: C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\initexmf.exe
2015-09-12 19:38:41,985-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\Process.cpp
2015-09-12 19:38:41,985-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Line: 290
2015-09-12 19:39:28,578-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - running 'initexmf --quiet --update-fndb' to refresh the file name database
2015-09-12 19:39:28,630-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - The operation failed for some reason.
2015-09-12 19:39:28,630-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Info: C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\initexmf.exe
2015-09-12 19:39:28,630-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\Process.cpp
2015-09-12 19:39:28,630-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Line: 290
2015-09-12 19:41:23,134-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - running 'initexmf --quiet --update-fndb' to refresh the file name database
2015-09-12 19:41:23,183-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - The operation failed for some reason.
2015-09-12 19:41:23,184-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Info: C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\initexmf.exe
2015-09-12 19:41:23,184-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\Process.cpp
2015-09-12 19:41:23,184-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Line: 290
2015-09-12 19:47:23,559-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - running 'initexmf --quiet --update-fndb' to refresh the file name database
2015-09-12 19:47:23,612-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - The operation failed for some reason.
2015-09-12 19:47:23,612-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Info: C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\initexmf.exe
2015-09-12 19:47:23,612-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\Process.cpp
2015-09-12 19:47:23,612-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Line: 290
2015-09-12 19:47:28,535-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - running 'initexmf --quiet --update-fndb' to refresh the file name database
2015-09-12 19:47:28,588-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - The operation failed for some reason.
2015-09-12 19:47:28,588-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Info: C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\initexmf.exe
2015-09-12 19:47:28,588-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\Process.cpp
2015-09-12 19:47:28,588-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Line: 290
2015-09-12 19:55:27,809-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - installing package pgf triggered by tex\latex\pgf\frontendlayer\tikz.sty
2015-09-12 19:55:28,190-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: starting package maintenance...
2015-09-12 19:55:28,190-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: installation directory: "C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9"
2015-09-12 19:55:28,190-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: package repository: http://mirror.jmu.edu/pub/CTAN/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/
2015-09-12 19:55:28,433-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: lightweight database digest: fd7a40a42ed2f1e70be3b6bdb1baccf2
2015-09-12 19:55:28,434-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: going to download 9467103 bytes
2015-09-12 19:55:28,434-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: going to install 658 file(s) (1 package(s))
2015-09-12 19:55:28,435-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: downloading http://mirror.jmu.edu/pub/CTAN/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/pgf.tar.lzma...
2015-09-12 19:55:42,770-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: 10594095 bytes, 722.22 KB/Sec
2015-09-12 19:55:42,798-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: visiting repository http://mirror.jmu.edu/pub/CTAN/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/...
2015-09-12 19:55:42,798-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: repository type: remote package repository
2015-09-12 19:55:42,798-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: loading lightweight database...
2015-09-12 19:55:42,799-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: downloading http://mirror.jmu.edu/pub/CTAN/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/miktex-zzdb1-2.9.tar.lzma...
2015-09-12 19:55:43,053-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: 157260 bytes, 604.62 KB/Sec
2015-09-12 19:55:43,249-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: lightweight database digest: effaaa46816771ed79be6c0905c3d630
2015-09-12 19:55:43,275-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: extracting files from pgf.tar.lzma...
2015-09-12 19:55:43,834-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Windows API error 87: The parameter is incorrect.

2015-09-12 19:55:43,834-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Info: C:\ProgramData\MiKTeX\2.9\miktex/data/le\b1cfc6be702f63eea92ca0fbc9559e5c.fndb
2015-09-12 19:55:43,834-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\win\winMemoryMappedFile.cpp
2015-09-12 19:55:43,834-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Line: 120
2015-09-12 19:56:33,540-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - installing package standalone triggered by tex\latex\standalone\standalone.cls
2015-09-12 19:56:33,903-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: starting package maintenance...
2015-09-12 19:56:33,904-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: installation directory: "C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9"
2015-09-12 19:56:33,904-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: package repository: http://mirror.jmu.edu/pub/CTAN/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/
2015-09-12 19:56:34,071-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: lightweight database digest: effaaa46816771ed79be6c0905c3d630
2015-09-12 19:56:34,071-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: going to download 314852 bytes
2015-09-12 19:56:34,071-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: going to install 8 file(s) (1 package(s))
2015-09-12 19:56:34,072-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: downloading http://mirror.jmu.edu/pub/CTAN/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/standalone.tar.lzma...
2015-09-12 19:56:34,856-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: 314852 bytes, 393.69 KB/Sec
2015-09-12 19:56:34,858-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - mpm: extracting files from standalone.tar.lzma...
2015-09-12 19:56:34,887-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Windows API error 87: The parameter is incorrect.

2015-09-12 19:56:34,887-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Info: C:\ProgramData\MiKTeX\2.9\miktex/data/le\b1cfc6be702f63eea92ca0fbc9559e5c.fndb
2015-09-12 19:56:34,887-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\win\winMemoryMappedFile.cpp
2015-09-12 19:56:34,887-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Line: 120
2015-09-12 20:02:10,783-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - running 'initexmf --quiet --update-fndb' to refresh the file name database
2015-09-12 20:02:11,019-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - The operation failed for some reason.
2015-09-12 20:02:11,020-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Info: C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\initexmf.exe
2015-09-12 20:02:11,020-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\Process.cpp
2015-09-12 20:02:11,020-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Line: 290
2015-09-12 20:03:12,810-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - running 'initexmf --quiet --update-fndb' to refresh the file name database
2015-09-12 20:03:13,031-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - The operation failed for some reason.
2015-09-12 20:03:13,032-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Info: C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\initexmf.exe
2015-09-12 20:03:13,032-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\Process.cpp
2015-09-12 20:03:13,032-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Line: 290
2015-09-12 20:06:53,271-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - running 'initexmf --quiet --update-fndb' to refresh the file name database
2015-09-12 20:06:53,497-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - The operation failed for some reason.
2015-09-12 20:06:53,498-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Info: C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\initexmf.exe
2015-09-12 20:06:53,498-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\Process.cpp
2015-09-12 20:06:53,498-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Line: 290
2015-09-12 20:08:00,190-0400 INFO  miktex-pdftex - running 'initexmf --quiet --update-fndb' to refresh the file name database
2015-09-12 20:08:00,412-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - The operation failed for some reason.
2015-09-12 20:08:00,412-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Info: C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\initexmf.exe
2015-09-12 20:08:00,412-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\Process.cpp
2015-09-12 20:08:00,413-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Line: 290
  • There seems to be problems with MiKTeX since an update at the end of last month. Did you try deleting auxiliary files? – Bernard Sep 13 '15 at 0:58
  • I don't know what those are or how to do that >.> This is literally my first time using LaTeX – Raksha Sep 13 '15 at 1:40
  • Well we had a few problems these days – perhaps due to a corrupted finename database, but I can't say more, I don't these technicalities. That said, to delete auxiliary files, that depends on your editor. – Bernard Sep 13 '15 at 1:57
  • Did you search this site for similar questions? This has been reported quite a lot. AFAIR one recommendation is to do a repro sync. The open the package manager (probably the admin one) search for all package names with miktex as a part of the title and install them. – daleif Sep 13 '15 at 6:21
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    Have you tried updating your system via the Update Wizard? See also How should one maintain and update a MiKTeX installation?. I suspect this is the same general issue as MiKTeX: Two things did not succeed, but I can't say for sure. The message about forest.sty looks quite suspicious if it came from the example above. – moewe Sep 13 '15 at 7:00

10 Answers 10

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The problem is with your installation, not updating packages. I had the same errors installing MiKTeX 2.9.5721 on windows 10 today.

2015-09-12 20:08:00,190-0400 INFO miktex-pdftex - running 'initexmf --quiet --update-fndb' to refresh the file name database 2015-09-12 20:08:00,412-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - The operation failed for some reason. 2015-09-12 20:08:00,412-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Info: C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\initexmf.exe 2015-09-12 20:08:00,412-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\Process.cpp 2015-09-12 20:08:00,413-0400 FATAL miktex-pdftex - Line: 290

After trying several fixes in this thread, this is what worked for me. I think first, there's a problem with the permissions in C:/Program Files (x86), which you can fix by creating a file on C:/ directly. Second (for me, maybe not you), I think there was an issue with another program trying to use one of the pdf map dl files (?) which was mentioned here. To solve this:

  1. uninstalled my previous version of MiKTeX2.9
  2. uninstalled adobe reader
  3. reinstalled adobe reader
  4. reboot
  5. moved the MiKTeX download to a folder on the desktop
  6. created a folder C:/MiKTeX 2.9
  7. ran the install wizard and installed to my new folder as single user. (I never got the system install to work.)
  8. After the wizard, immediately run MiKTeX Update Wizard. I selected to update only miktex-texworks-bin. (If I didn't run the updates before trying to TeX a document, nothing worked at all.)

You may be able to get away with not messing with your PDF viewer install, but definitely try creating a folder other than the Program Files (x86).

  • 2
    I had exactly the same problem. It was being caused by a version of the PDF that was also open on Adobe. Looks like the logging is not very accurate on it. – marco Oct 11 '16 at 10:51
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    My problem was solved only by installing as single user. Did not need to do all steps. – RMAAlmeida May 30 '17 at 19:55
4

That error can also appear, when you insert an image and the path of the image has special symbols in it like umlauts (ä,ü,ö). So make sure you don't have any of these in your image path.

1

I have this error just because I opened the pdf file in Adobe Reader while I am compiling the Latex. Simply close this pdf file in Adobe Reader will solve the problem.

1

I had the same issue, this solution solved it without re-installation of MikTeX. Just search for MikTex Update (Admin) and update all the updatable packages. the first time the select all button is grayed out. go ahead with the preselected updates and finish. and then update again, this time select all. The trick is to run the Admin version of MikTex Update. That's it!

1

In my case the problem was that the PDF document was open (in the browser) when I wanted to build it.

0

My problem was that I had two installations of MikTeX on my system (for whatever reason I don't know).

Simply deleting one of them solved the problem.

0

I had the same problem and looked into the log. It said that this command had failed:

C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\x64>initexmf.exe --mklinks --mkmaps

I opened a command prompt in administrator mode and executed it and now pdflatex is working for me. I first tried to execute that in a non-administrator window and it failed because of permissions. So I am pretty sure this is the right solution.

0

Had a similar Problem:

Sorry, but pdflatex did not succeed.

The log file hopefully contains the information to get MiKTeX going again:

C:/Users/Solarmew/AppData/Local/MiKTeX/2.9/miktex/log/pdflatex.log

--> set texmaker as default program for *.tex data solved this (... because texworks was set as default program)

0

I had this problem, and the "solution" was to close the PDF that was open in another application (Microsoft Edge).

0

I experience this issue and the way I resolved this was by uninstalling MiKTeX and TexStudio and reinstall them and the issue was resolved. Thank You.

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