Do you know any other error except the emergency stop, which does not contain information about the line number in the log file, where the error has been received?

  • It is not clear to me what you are asking. Are you asking about a particular problem or are you asking about the different types of errors that can occur? If the former then please provide details of the error and a minimal working example that generates it.
    – user30471
    Apr 25, 2017 at 23:57
  • @Andrew I want to determine if there is a group of errors for which the log file does not record the line number. For example, this error has a row number: ! Undefined control sequence. l.9 \ed I only know about the Emergency stop that does not record the line number but i do not know if it's the only exception.
    – Tomas
    Apr 26, 2017 at 0:09
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    Generally, whether the line number is recorded depends on the code generating the error. So a class or package might or might not include that information when generating the error. Or did you mean only those errors generated by the kernel?
    – cfr
    Apr 26, 2017 at 2:08
  • I mean especially LaTex errors that are generating by TeX Live.
    – Tomas
    Apr 26, 2017 at 3:15
  • TeX Live is a collection of LaTeX binaries and packages (and documentation). TeX won't give any LaTeX errors.
    – Johannes_B
    Apr 26, 2017 at 5:01

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I think all tex errors include such a line number if they occur while a file is being processed, including emergency stop.

For example this document gives an emergency stop after trying to input a non-existent file



\batchmode \input zzzzzzzzz

the log shows that the error is on line 5 ( l.5 )

! Emergency stop.
l.5 \batchmode \input zzzzzzzzz

*** (job aborted, file error in nonstop mode)

The errors that do not show a line number occur after the file has been read, typically due to a missing \end{document} in latex.

This document shows <*> rather than a line number, denoting an error when tex would have been reading from the terminal if it were not in batch mode.




produces the log

! Emergency stop.
<*> file

*** (job aborted, no legal \end found)

If you are not in batch mode so that TeX is accepting terminal input, then any TeX error can be produced showing <*> rather than a line number as the following terminal session shows

$ latex
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.18 (TeX Live 2017) (preloaded format=latex)
 restricted \write18 enabled.
entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2017-04-15>
Babel <3.12> and hyphenation patterns for 84 language(s) loaded.

! Undefined control sequence.
<*> \zzzzz


! Missing { inserted.
<*> \def\zzz}

? x
No pages of output.
Transcript written on texput.log.

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