I am using BibTex for referencing and when I added a new reference I got the following error message: ! Package inputenc Error: Unicode char \u8:‐ not set up for use with LaTeX., which seems to occur at the line where I have \usepackage{setspace}. There seems to be a problem with the dash character (-), which is in one of the titles of a reference I am using. I am using the MacTex editor. Is there any way to fix this?

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  • if inputenc is set to utf8, try utf8x instead
    – gkhaos
    Feb 1, 2021 at 8:09

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If you had the current version of latex (or the one before) then it would work by default, but for older releases you can just define the needed character


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