I'm getting an fl in my document when I compile the the following code:




Can any body tell me what's going on?enter image description here

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    I get pdfTeX warning: pdflatex: dangling objects discarded, no output file produced. and no pdf file at all (texlive 2019) can you show the full log from your test file? Apr 26, 2019 at 22:52

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You not only get a strange character, but also

! Package inputenc Error: Keyboard character used is undefined
(inputenc)                in inputencoding `utf8'.

See the inputenc package documentation for explanation.
Type  H <return>  for immediate help.

l.1398 \ifcat ^^c0
                  \active \pdf@activecharstrue\fi

I can only reproduce it by running TeX Live 2016.

You should update your TeX distribution. The bug in pdfx was fixed already in 2017.

The problem with pdfx.sty in TeX Live 2016 is at line 1398

\ifcat ^^c0\active \pdf@activecharstrue\fi

which should be



\ifcat\noexpand^^c0\active \pdf@activecharstrue\fi

Unfortunately, there's no other way than to copy pdfx.sty in your working directory and make the fix in the copy.

Of course, using an up-to-date TeX distribution is much better.

  • I did notice that... It's weird because the actual file where it showed up was a file which uses a lot of \include{other file} and the errors didn't show up there. At any rate, I'm updating my TeX (my interface is up-to-date but apparently TeX isn't). Assuming the error goes away, I'll give you the check tomorrow once I download everything. Thanks for your help. Apr 27, 2019 at 3:38

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