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I added \definecolor{bg}{HTML}{282828} to my .tex file and now latex --shell-escape file.tex is breaking with less-than-helpful error messages.

File.tex looks like:

\documentclass[varwidth=40cm,border=2mm]{standalone}

\usepackage{minted}
\usemintedstyle{solarized}
\definecolor{bg}{HTML}{282828}

\begin{document}
\begin{LARGE}
  \inputminted{filetype}{example}
\end{LARGE}
\end{document}

(note my shell script changes {filetype} and {example} to appropriate values)

The error message says

! Undefined control sequence.
l.5 \definecolor
                {bg}{HTML}{282828}
?

! LaTeX Error: Missing \begin{document}.

But as you can see \begin{document} is not actually missing.

I see lots of other questions about "undefined control sequence" but don't understand what it's actually about nor what it means in this context.

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An "undefined control sequence" means you're using a control sequence (or macro) that doesn't exist. \definecolor is defined within the color package. It's included when using xcolor. So, add \usepackage{xcolor} to your preamble before using \definecolor:

%...
\usepackage{xcolor}
\definecolor{bg}{HTML}{282828}
%...
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