I am using TeXnicCentre. After compiling, while I get an output pdf file, an error is found that says

Could't find input index file pathname nor pathname.idx

I am afraid I cant pinpoint the error. Please help.

Here are my (simplified) tex and bib files

%TeX file
\author{Abhimanyu Arora}
This is a simple trial file. For more details refer \cite{Arora}

%Bib file
  author = {Arora, Abhimanyu},
  year = {2011},
  title = {How to get unstuck},
  journal = {American Economic Review},
  volume = {87},
  number = {1},
  pages = {1--30},

2 Answers 2


Go into TeXnicCenters menu Output->active output profile (don't really know the english names) and disable the checkbox for using makeindex


When I encountered this problem, Herbert's solution works if indeed you dont want to create an index. In the case that you do need to, and are trying to compile but get this error, make sure you have the code line \makeindex in your preamble so that you create the index file! :)

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    This should be the answer. You are a saviour!! @Tino Mar 9, 2021 at 10:00

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