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I am writing currently my thesis with TeXlive 2016 and TeXstudio 2.11 as editor. (I tried TeXworks, but as expected this changed nothing.) I installed TeXlive with the installation script about 2 months ago. I updated everything with the TeXlive Manager recently.

When trying to create a bibliography, I stumbled over the strange error during compilation:

(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/biblatex/biblatex.cfg)) ! Missing number, treated as zero. D l.6 \bibliography {Bibliography} ?

A minimal (not) working example:

\documentclass[11pt]{scrartcl}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}
\usepackage[german]{babel}
\usepackage[style=authortitle-icomp]{biblatex}
\bibliography{Bibliography}

\begin{document}
   test
\end{document}

Adding a \bibliography and \cite commands did not change anything.

When I switch to natbib everything works fine, except the missing possibility for customization.

The output of console:

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.17 (TeX Live 2016/W32TeX) (preloaded format=pdflatex)
 restricted \write18 enabled.
entering extended mode
(./test.tex
LaTeX2e <2016/03/31> patch level 3
Babel <3.9r> and hyphenation patterns for 83 language(s) loaded.
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/koma-script/scrartcl.cls
Document Class: scrartcl 2016/06/14 v3.21 KOMA-Script document class (article)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/koma-script/scrkbase.sty
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/koma-script/scrbase.sty
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/graphics/keyval.sty)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/koma-script/scrlfile.sty
Package scrlfile, 2016/06/14 v3.21 KOMA-Script package (loading files)
                  Copyright (C) Markus Kohm

))) (c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/koma-script/tocbasic.sty)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/koma-script/scrsize11pt.clo)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/koma-script/typearea.sty
Package typearea, 2016/06/14 v3.21 KOMA-Script package (type area)
                  Copyright (C) Frank Neukam, 1992-1994
                  Copyright (C) Markus Kohm, 1994-

)) (c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/fontenc.sty
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/t1enc.def))
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/inputenc.sty
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/latin1.def))
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/generic/babel/babel.sty
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/generic/babel-german/german.ldf
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/generic/babel-german/germanb.ldf
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/generic/babel/babel.def))))
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/biblatex/biblatex.sty
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/generic/oberdiek/pdftexcmds.sty
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/generic/oberdiek/infwarerr.sty)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/generic/oberdiek/ifluatex.sty)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/generic/oberdiek/ltxcmds.sty)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/generic/oberdiek/ifpdf.sty))
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/etoolbox/etoolbox.sty)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/oberdiek/kvoptions.sty
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/generic/oberdiek/kvsetkeys.sty
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/generic/oberdiek/etexcmds.sty)))
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/logreq/logreq.sty
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/logreq/logreq.def))
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/ifthen.sty)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/url/url.sty)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/generic/xstring/xstring.sty
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/generic/xstring/xstring.tex))
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/biblatex/blx-dm.def)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/biblatex/blx-compat.def)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/biblatex/biblatex.def)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/biblatex/bbx/authortitle-icomp.bbx
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/biblatex/bbx/authortitle.bbx
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/biblatex/bbx/standard.bbx)))
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/biblatex/cbx/authortitle-icomp.cbx)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/biblatex/biblatex.cfg))
! Missing number, treated as zero.
<to be read again> 
                   D
l.6 \bibliography
                 {Bibliography}
? 

And the logfile:

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.17 (TeX Live 2016/W32TeX) (preloaded format=pdflatex 2017.1.6)  9 JAN 2017 09:40
entering extended mode
 restricted \write18 enabled.
 %&-line parsing enabled.
**./test.tex
(./test.tex
LaTeX2e <2016/03/31> patch level 3
Babel <3.9r> and hyphenation patterns for 83 language(s) loaded.
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/koma-script/scrartcl.cls
Document Class: scrartcl 2016/06/14 v3.21 KOMA-Script document class (article)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/koma-script/scrkbase.sty
Package: scrkbase 2016/06/14 v3.21 KOMA-Script package (KOMA-Script-dependent b
asics and keyval usage)

(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/koma-script/scrbase.sty
Package: scrbase 2016/06/14 v3.21 KOMA-Script package (KOMA-Script-independent 
basics and keyval usage)

(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/graphics/keyval.sty
Package: keyval 2014/10/28 v1.15 key=value parser (DPC)
\KV@toks@=\toks14
)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/koma-script/scrlfile.sty
Package: scrlfile 2016/06/14 v3.21 KOMA-Script package (loading files)

Package scrlfile, 2016/06/14 v3.21 KOMA-Script package (loading files)
                  Copyright (C) Markus Kohm

))) (c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/koma-script/tocbasic.sty
Package: tocbasic 2016/06/14 v3.21 KOMA-Script package (handling toc-files)
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\scr@dte@tocline@numbox=\box26
)
Package tocbasic Info: omitting babel extension for `toc'
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Package tocbasic Info: omitting babel extension for `lot'
(tocbasic)             because of feature `nobabel' available
(tocbasic)             for `lot' on input line 132.
Package scrartcl Info: You've used standard option `11pt'.
(scrartcl)             This is correct!
(scrartcl)             Internally I'm using `fontsize=11pt'.
(scrartcl)             If you'd like to set the option with \KOMAoptions,
(scrartcl)             you'd have to use `fontsize=11pt' there
(scrartcl)             instead of `11pt', too.
Class scrartcl Info: File `scrsize11pt.clo' used to setup font sizes on input l
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(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/koma-script/scrsize11pt.clo
File: scrsize11pt.clo 2016/06/14 v3.21 KOMA-Script font size class option (11pt
)
)
(c:/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/koma-script/typearea.sty
Package: typearea 2016/06/14 v3.21 KOMA-Script package (type area)

Package typearea, 2016/06/14 v3.21 KOMA-Script package (type area)
                  Copyright (C) Frank Neukam, 1992-1994
                  Copyright (C) Markus Kohm, 1994-

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  • 2
    Works fine for me. Show the log-file of the compilation. – Ulrike Fischer Jan 5 '17 at 16:09
  • 1
    That should work, but note that \bibliography{foo} is deprecated in favour of \addbibresource{foo.bib} (the old syntax, however, still works and should not be the cause of such an error). – moewe Jan 5 '17 at 16:21
  • Any news here? Did you get your code working? Try deleting all auxiliary files (.aux, .bcf, .bbl) and show us the log files (.log and .blg). Currently we can't really answer your question since the problem is not reproducible from the code given in the question. – moewe Jan 9 '17 at 8:09
  • I added the information in the original question. I deleted all of the temporary files at first, but that did not help. – Jan Jan 9 '17 at 8:47
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    Exactly how have you installed biblatex? The log shows you've got a development version (no version numbers), not a release one! – Joseph Wright Jan 9 '17 at 8:48
2

My bad... I updated the package manually with the github version, as the tlmgr did not work properly behind the proxy server in my company. After reverting the update and updating to a released version everything works fine! Thanks!

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