I had some issues regarding some python code highlighting packages for the minted package. I ended up trying to revert all the changes since I could not make it work. Apparently I might have broken the compiler afaik, since I was stuck with the message Error: Could not start the command: Compile & View

Even after restoring default command pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex and making sure it is the default compiler PdfLaTeX and cleaning aux files - the error still persisted.

I ended up purging TeXstudio, texlive and tex-common and reinstalling them. Yet the error still persists.

even trying to compile

    \section{Some section}

results in an error.

When compiling with TexStudio I get the following error: Compile results in Error: Could not start the command: PdfLaTeX

out of sheer frustration i deleted both python and pip with no hopes with nothing as the expected result.


It should be noted that through some comments I think we can narrow it down to being a TexStudio configuration, since it does compile as expected through the terminal.

~/LaTex/bachelor-template » latex -v                                                                                                                                               127 ↵ jonas@jonas-ThinkPad-L480
pdfTeX 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.20 (TeX Live 2019/Debian)
kpathsea version 6.3.1
Copyright 2019 Han The Thanh (pdfTeX) et al.
There is NO warranty.  Redistribution of this software is
covered by the terms of both the pdfTeX copyright and
the Lesser GNU General Public License.
For more information about these matters, see the file
named COPYING and the pdfTeX source.
Primary author of pdfTeX: Han The Thanh (pdfTeX) et al.
Compiled with libpng 1.6.37; using libpng 1.6.37
Compiled with zlib 1.2.11; using zlib 1.2.11
Compiled with xpdf version 4.01
  • Hi and welcome. Compile it on command line.
    – AndréC
    Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 23:02
  • @AndréC Hi and thanks! It does not output a .pdf in the folder, however I think it might have created the .aux along with a .log. It ends of the .log saying No pages of output. too. So I am not sure if it is even working as expected, nor does it make me able to utilize a editor. Which really isn't sustainable atleast for my workflow. Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 23:10
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    What about if you move \end{document} at the last line of the document ? Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 23:20
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    @D.LaRocque what a dumb mistake, yes that creates a pdf when compiling manually! However TexStudio still cannot compile the file. I guess we can narrow it down to being TexStudio configurations then? Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 23:22
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    @D.LaRocque the same as it was from the beginning, properly not stated explicitly enough through the post. I have made an edit, I cannot compile it through my LaTex editor TexStudio Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 23:28

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Welcome on TeX SE !

I think that your code is not giving any output because you're not adding content in document. When you start working on a document in LaTeX, you have two different parts in your file :


% Preamble
% This is where you add packages and you set your layout


% Content
% This is what will show up in your PDF


Edit: Concerning TeXStudio, I think this answer and this answer can help you. If you need to know where is pdflatex in your computer, you can use the following command in Command Prompt (if you're using Windows) :

whereis pdflatex
  • I will give you an upvote, but I really need it to compile inside TexStudio, since it is my LaTex editor and I can't really work properly, since it cannot compile hence I cannot even view the document inside TexStudio Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 23:25
  • How about now @JonasGrønbek? Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 23:31
  • the error still persists, after formatting the document TexStudio still does not compile properly Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 23:32
  • Even by setting pdflatex path ? Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 23:32
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    After setting the path it could compile but not view, so I ended up restoring default settings. Apparently it worked. Thank you so much for your time. It is really appreciated! Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 23:40

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