I am new to latex, and I have some problems when I try to run a latex code in TexStudio.
I wrote the following latex program in TexStudio:

    Hello world

and when I try to run it, TexStudio shows me the following error:

Could not start Build & View:PdfLatex:
pdflatex.exe -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode

I am using TexLive in Windows.
I already added C:\texlive\2020\bin\win32 to the PATH,
and in TexStudio -> Options - > Configure TexStudio -> Commands -> PdfLatex, I wrote:

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

When I run pdflatex test in the cmd I get:

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.21 (TeX Live 2020/W32TeX) (preloaded format=pdflatex)
 restricted \write18 enabled.

kpathsea: Running mktexfmt pdflatex.fmt

The command name is C:\texlive\2020\bin\win32\mktexfmt
Running the command C:\texlive\2020\bin\win32\fmtutil-user.exe
C:\texlive\2020\bin\win32\runscript.tlu:935: C:\texlive\2020\bin\win32\runscript.tlu:858: no appropriate script or program found: fmtutil
I can't find the format file `pdflatex.fmt'!

Can someone please help me ?

  • After document class add '\usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[italian]{babel}' see if it works. Anyway if you didn't do it I suggest you to read one of the many guides available online, because the time you spend on it is worth it and saves you a lot of other time that you would miss trying to solve the basic problems that everyone encounters in the start – Rob Tan Sep 29 '20 at 18:00
  • I think that what is in the code is irrelevant because when I write "pdflatex test" in the cmd it gives me errors. I don't need any guides on latex right now because I can't even run it on my computer. @Rob – Freud Sep 29 '20 at 18:11
  • Hi..Welcome to TeX. In TeXStudio, could you check the LaTeX installation. Go to Help -> Check LaTeX installation. – Tanvir Sep 29 '20 at 18:47
  • I checked the LaTex installation in TexStudio and it gave me a "System Report.txt" file which has a bunch of information that I don't understand. What should I be looking for exactly in this text file? @Tanvir – Freud Sep 29 '20 at 18:55
  • Did the entire process exited normally? If not, then probably TeXStudio is unable to locate the TeXLive installation. – Tanvir Sep 29 '20 at 19:01

I tried using MikTex instead of TexLive and it works now.


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