When I try to compile pdfLaTeX on TeXmaker, it doesn't seem to be working. It used to work on Yosemite before I updated the operating system to OSx El Capitan. I have changed all the /usr/texbin commands to /Library/TeX/texbin as described in the following document by Herbert Shultz: https://tug.org/mactex/UpdatingForElCapitan.pdf.

A pop-up error comes up when I try to compile saying 'Log file not found'. I am a very new LaTeX user so please explain as simply as possible how to fix this.

P.S It doesn't seem to be working for TeXShop (3.57) either.

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. Can you compile a document from the command line, with something like pdflatex myfile? Nov 8, 2015 at 18:47
  • Did you check similar questions? I saw several of them the last few weeks
    – sztruks
    Nov 8, 2015 at 20:12
  • Hi @Mike, I don't know how to compile a document from the command line with pdflatex myfile. (I don't actually know what that is.
    – vkan
    Nov 13, 2015 at 12:44
  • I did check some similar questions but I couldn't find anything that helped me @sztruks. Thanks
    – vkan
    Nov 13, 2015 at 12:45
  • Save a very simple document named myfile.tex file in your home directory. Open up Terminal from the Applications / Utilities folder in Finder. At the $ prompt, type pdflatex myfile and the Return key. If it succeeds and creates myfile.pdf, you have a TeXmaker problem. If it fails, you may not have MacTeX installed properly. Nov 13, 2015 at 15:20

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I had the same problem. I solved it as follows: Notice that you do not have to change all the /usr/texbin to /Library/TeX/texbin. The path for latexmk must remain as /usr/texbin. In my case this fixed the problem.

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