There's something wrong with this code:

{\begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}{|l|X|} \hline}

but this is fine:

{\begin{tabular}{|l|l|} \hline}

Why? And how can I get the first to work?

Here is the full LaTeX file:

\documentclass[a4paper, 12pt]{article}

{\begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}{|l|X|} \hline}




latex test.tex


This is pdfTeXk, Version 3.141592-1.40.3 (Web2C 7.5.6)
 %&-line parsing enabled.
entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2005/12/01>
Babel <v3.8h> and hyphenation patterns for english, usenglishmax, dumylang, noh
yphenation, arabic, basque, bulgarian, coptic, welsh, czech, slovak, german, ng
erman, danish, esperanto, spanish, catalan, galician, estonian, farsi, finnish,
 french, greek, monogreek, ancientgreek, croatian, hungarian, interlingua, ibyc
us, indonesian, icelandic, italian, latin, mongolian, dutch, norsk, polish, por
tuguese, pinyin, romanian, russian, slovenian, uppersorbian, serbian, swedish, 
turkish, ukenglish, ukrainian, loaded.
Document Class: article 2005/09/16 v1.4f Standard LaTeX document class
(/usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/tools/array.sty)) (./test.aux))
Runaway argument?
! File ended while scanning use of \TX@get@body.
<inserted text> 
<*> test.tex

  • In the future please read the documentation of a package before asking a question on a package. This is clearly answered in the tabularx documentation. – Martin Schröder Jan 26 '12 at 13:29
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    @MartinSchröder This sort of attitude slows down progress. Because: it's much faster to type the error message into Google and get the answer on this site, than to read through the package documentation. Now multiply this by hundreds of people around the world. We're talking many hours saved. – Evgeni Sergeev Jul 30 '13 at 6:25

This is considered "status by design" for tabularx. See the tabularx documentation (section 5 The Macros, p 4).

The way around it is the use the "command form" of the tabularx environment:

  {\tabularx{\textwidth}{|l|X|} \hline}
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Your code works fine in my LaTeX implementation, but I've had to add


in the preamble of my document.

Update: try adding content:

Hello & World \\
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