I installed these packages on my FreeBSD server:


When I run the command

pdflatex filename.tex

I get this error: ! I can't write on file 'filename.log' (Press Enter to retry, or Control-D to exit; default file extension is '.log') Please type another transcript file name:

I have tried many other names, renamed the original file etc but still the same error.

How do I fix this? The latex file I am testing is here:


\section*{Notes for My Paper}

Don't forget to include examples of topicalization.
They look like this:

\enumsentence{Topicalization from sentential subject:\\ 
\shortex{7}{a John$_i$ [a & kltukl & [el & 
  {\bf l-}oltoir & er & ngii$_i$ & a Mary]]}
{ & {\bf R-}clear & {\sc comp} & 
  {\bf IR}.{\sc 3s}-love   & P & him & }
{John, (it's) clear that Mary loves (him).}}

\subsection*{How to handle topicalization}

I'll just assume a tree structure like (\ex{1}).

\enumsentence{Structure of A$'$ Projections:\\ [2ex]
    & \node{i}{CP}\\ [2ex]
    \node{ii}{Spec} &   &\node{iii}{C$'$}\\ [2ex]
        &\node{iv}{C} & & \node{v}{SAgrP}


Mood changes when there is a topic, as well as when
there is WH-movement.  \emph{Irrealis} is the mood when
there is a non-subject topic or WH-phrase in Comp.
\emph{Realis} is the mood when there is a subject topic
or WH-phrase.


1 Answer 1


I realised the issue I was having was due to permissions.

In other words, when I ran

doas pdflatex filename.tex

it worked as expected.

you can also change the file you are working on using chmod

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