I am using arara and TexStudio, and before I started using arara, Texstudio would shut down the pdflatex process on hitting Stop Compiling. I'm using arara with the following commands:

% arara: pdflatex
% arara: biber
% arara: pdflatex

Whenever there's an error, I have to shut down the pdflatex process manually from the Task-Manager, since Stop Compiling won't shut down the process anymore when I use arara.

(I'm not using the English version of TexStudio, so I'm not entirely sure that what I'm hitting is called Stop Compiling. It's a big red square that tells TexStudio to stop compiling.)

  • Would % arara: pdflatex: {interaction: nonstopmode} help? This will make pdflatex finish the run, no matter if there had been an error or not, so you don't need the stop compile button at all. Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 13:12
  • @samcarter This tells me that there is no interaction argument in the pdflatex directive; I haven't played around with arara enough to know whether that is straightforward to implement
    – sgf
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 13:25
  • Sounds strange, which version of arara are you using? Can you show the whole error message? Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 13:35
  • @samcarter Version 3.0, the error message is as follows: Oh no, there are arguments used in the diretive 'pdflatex' which are not defined in the 'pdflatex.yaml' rule located at 'C:\Program Files (x86)\arara\rules'. You can either remove them from the 'pdflatex' directive or add them to the list of arguments in the 'pdflatex.yaml' rule. Here they are: [interaction]
    – sgf
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 13:38
  • @samcarter I checked the yaml file and it had this bit in it: - identifier: action flag: <arara> --interaction=@{parameters.action} Once I changed interaction in your code to action, it worked fine. Thanks!
    – sgf
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 13:41

2 Answers 2


Instead of trying to fix the behaviour of the stop compile button, I would avoid to having to use it in the first place.

If you call arara with:

% arara: pdflatex: {interaction: nonstopmode}

(arara version 4.0)

% arara: pdflatex: {action: nonstopmode}

(arara version 3.0)

this will tell pdflatex to finish its run, no matter if there had beed errors or not - so you will not need to aboard pdflatex manually.


You can pass arara the command line option halt-on-error:

% arara: pdflatex: { options: [-halt-on-error]}
% arara: bibtex
% arara: pdflatex





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As you see from the picture, I clicked the “compile” button and it became green again after arara stopped.

Here I used TeXworks, but it should be the same with TeXStudio.

  • Well that's the odd thing, apparently as far as TexStudio is concerned, clicking the red button does what it should do: The mouse curser becomes unbusy, the red button grays out and the green button becomes available again. But when I change the code and run it again, the error message will stay the same, I can't delete any auxiliary files because they're still open, and the TaskManager shows an instance of pdflatex running already (and hitting the green button will start a second one.)
    – sgf
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 13:22
  • @sgf Sorry, but TeXStudio refuses to launch on my machine.
    – egreg
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 13:24
  • But are you sure that there isn't an instance of pdflatex running and TeXworks just pretends it stopped the process?
    – sgf
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 13:25
  • @sgf Yes, just checked. What OS are you on?
    – egreg
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 13:27
  • I'm on Windows 8.1
    – sgf
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 13:29

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