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I get this message regardless of which program I select, there are no logs.

The external program lualatex/pdflatex/xelatex finished with an error. It is recommended you fix the cause of the external program's error (check the logs).

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  • does this happen for every document you try? Please post an MWE, some more information about your setup. – Runar Jul 3 '16 at 15:21
  • are you able to compile the file and preview it ? – Elad Den Jul 3 '16 at 19:42
  • If you happen to be on Linux, start LyX from the command line (just type lyx in a terminal). Then check the messages there after you compile. – scottkosty Jul 3 '16 at 21:25

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