# Error: “pdflatex” -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex [closed]

I have output a Latex file from Wolfram Mathematica using the first very simple example shown at https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/format/TeX.html I then tried to compile it with TexMaker 4.5 on a Macbook Version 10.9.4 (Mavericks). I couldn't get the pdf, because of error:

 "pdflatex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex


Anybody knows why? The full text is:

  %% AMS-LaTeX Created with the Wolfram Language for Students - Personal Use
Only : www.wolfram.com

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amsmath, amssymb, graphics, setspace}

\newcommand{\mathsym}[1]{{}}
\newcommand{\unicode}[1]{{}}

\newcounter{mathematicapage}
\begin{document}

\begin{doublespace}
\noindent$$\pmb{\text{ExportString}[\text{Nest} [1+1/\#\&,x,5],\text{{}TeX{''}}]}$$
\end{doublespace}

\begin{doublespace}
\end{doublespace}

\end{document}


## closed as off-topic by TeXnician, Zarko, Schweinebacke, Mensch, Stefan PinnowMay 7 '17 at 17:43

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• Welcome to TeX.SX! Comment out the second line. – TeXnician May 7 '17 at 14:49
• have you installed a TeX system? TeXMaker is just an editor it needs tex to process the document (miktex or texlive distributions) – David Carlisle May 7 '17 at 16:08
• Sorry, I hadn't installed the compiler – Andrea G May 7 '17 at 16:58
• I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the OP didn't have the compiler installed. – TeXnician May 7 '17 at 16:59

Well, your code has some issues:

1. You have to comment out the second line (% Only :).
2. There are many linebreaks after a \. This causes the braces ({) to be unescaped.
3. It is very bad style. All of the text goes on one line and there's a real misuse of math mode. Best thing to do: Look at the source code, discard that one and rewrite the content from scratch.

I do not know Mathematica well enough to judge its LaTeX capabilities, but this is definitely a bad sign.

Code:

%% AMS-LaTeX Created with the Wolfram Language for Students - Personal Use
%  Only : www.wolfram.com
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amsmath, amssymb, graphics, setspace}

\newcommand{\mathsym}[1]{{}}
\newcommand{\unicode}[1]{{}}

\newcounter{mathematicapage}
\begin{document}

\begin{doublespace}
\noindent$$\pmb{\text{ExportString}[\text{Nest} [1+1/\#\&,x,5],\text{{}TeX{''}}]}$$
\end{doublespace}

\begin{doublespace}
\end{doublespace}
\end{document}

• I just copied your code and got the same error – Andrea G May 7 '17 at 15:09
• @AndreaG Well, I get no errors anymore. Could you please be more specific what error? – TeXnician May 7 '17 at 15:34
• Error : could not start the command : "pdflatex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode "ass".tex; It is weird: I am compiling fine another latex file I have, but not yours corrected. – Andrea G May 7 '17 at 15:40
• @AndreaG Could you please open the command line, compile it in your command-line with pdflatex ass.tex (if the filename is right) and then post the output? – TeXnician May 7 '17 at 15:41
• I am new to the language: what do you mean more precisely with "open the command line"? Do you mean the terminal? Could you explain me or give me instructions on how to do that? – Andrea G May 7 '17 at 15:50