I made an update of my 2 years old miktex installation yesterday, and since then, when I try compiling (using latex -> dvips -> ps2pdf, or directly in pdf with pdflatex) the file seems to be compiled 4 times, and I get this message :

Stopping after running "LaTeX" 4 times in a row.
LaTeX: problems after {1} page

with this log :

Running `LaTeX' on `test1' with ``pdflatex -enable-write18  -file-line-error   -interaction=nonstopmode "\input" "test1.tex"''
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.19 (MiKTeX 2.9.6840 64-bit)
entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2018-04-01> patch level 5
(test1.tex ("C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\base\article.cls"
Document Class: article 2014/09/29 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class
("C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\base\size10.clo")) (test1.aux) 
(test1.aux) )<C:/Program Files/MiKTeX 
Output written on test1.pdf (1 page, 11654 bytes).
Transcript written on test1.log.

TeX Output finished at Thu Nov  8 14:59:23

Source file is a simple :



Test ! 


Also, my pdf viewer doesn't open to show the result (but it is correct).

I use emacs + auctex to edit source file.

closed as off-topic by siracusa, marmot, Troy, Stefan Pinnow, TeXnician Nov 10 at 7:54

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  • the log looks ok. Probably auctex or whatever tool you are using to do more than one compilation is misinterpreting the log. – Ulrike Fischer Nov 8 at 14:10
  • Thanks. That's weird because it worked before the update... The log format has not changed with recent versions of pdfTeX ? (if there was any...) I'll update auctex, but I'll have to configure emacs, I hate that :) – T. Tournesol Nov 8 at 14:17
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    Sorry I can't tell you. I'm not using emacs and auctex and I'm even not sure if the message is from them or from some other automation tool. – Ulrike Fischer Nov 8 at 14:26
  • It's probably related to the way your AUCTeX version parses dates in the .log files. Please update your AUCTeX version or see the manual patch mentioned in this thread – siracusa Nov 8 at 15:23
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it was solved in the comments – siracusa Nov 10 at 1:07