I prepared a .latexmkrc config

$lualatex='lualatex -synctex=1 %O %B';
$pdf_mode = 4;
$aux_dir = "temp/";
$out_dir = "out/";
$success_cmd = "rm %R.pdf && mv out/*.pdf tex/";

add_cus_dep('glo', 'gls', 0, 'run_makeglossaries');
add_cus_dep('acn', 'acr', 0, 'run_makeglossaries');

sub run_makeglossaries {
  if ( $silent ) {
    system "makeglossaries -q '$_[0]'";
  else {
    system "makeglossaries '$_[0]'";

push @generated_exts, 'glo', 'gls', 'glg';
push @generated_exts, 'acn', 'acr', 'alg';
$clean_ext .= ' %R.ist %R.xdy';

and compile a lualatex document with

latexmk -lualatex -gg -interaction=batchmode testx.tex 

finally I get the message

Output written on testx.pdf (33 pages, 5058191 bytes).
SyncTeX written on testx.synctex.gz.
Transcript written on testx.log.
Latexmk: Errors, so I did not complete making targets
Collected error summary (may duplicate other messages):
  lualatex: (Pdf)LaTeX failed to generate the expected log file 'temp/testx.log'
Latexmk: Did not finish processing file 'testx.tex':
   (Pdf)LaTeX failed to generate the expected log file 'temp/testx.log'
Latexmk: Use the -f option to force complete processing,
 unless error was exceeding maximum runs of latex/pdflatex.

and wonder why it calls pdflatex. I would expect

lualatex failed to generate the expected...


Linux Mint 18.2 (latest at 2017-07-28), TeXLive 2017

$ latexmk --version 
   Latexmk, John Collins, 19 Jan. 2017. Version 4.52c

$ tlmgr --version
   tlmgr revision 44452 (2017-06-05 01:45:39 +0200)
   tlmgr using installation: /usr/local/texlive/2017
   TeX Live (http://tug.org/texlive) version 2017
  • 2
    What does the log-file says? Was pdflatex or lualatex called? Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 14:15
  • 7
    With the examples you show, latexmk will definitely call lualatex. The error message is misleading/out-of-date: you should interpret "(Pdf)LaTeX" in the message as meaning "whatever latex-like program was invoked". The actual error you get about the log is often a consequence of using the -auxdir option when latex, lualatex etc don't support it (e.g., with the TeXLive distribution). What OS and TeX distribution are you using? Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 16:35
  • @JohnCollins I guess Jonas might be using TeXLive on linux distro tex.stackexchange.com/questions/7265/… Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 18:25
  • @texenthusiast So? The difference is Mik TeX vs. TeX Live. Does OS affect it and, if so, how? Perhaps you linked to the wrong place?
    – cfr
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 0:26
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    I'm voting to close this question as solved in the comments.
    – TeXnician
    Commented Sep 26, 2018 at 17:43


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