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Biblatex/biber fails with a strange error about missing recode_data.xml file

I'm trying to use biblatex and when I compile my document I get an error like the following: Windows data source C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp\par-5061756c\ cache-...
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Troubleshooting for biber

I'm trying to switch from BibTeX to biber and ran into the problem that biber does not produce any output file. I noticed several questions about problems with biber e.g., Biblatex/biber does not ...
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PSTricks error "Undefined control sequence <recently read> \c@lor@to@ps"

I have a problem with this file tex: \begin{document} \begin{figure} \begin{center} \begin{pspicture}(0,0)(1,3.8) \psline{-<}(0,0)(0,.2) \psline{-}(0,.2)(0,.4) \psline{*->}(0,.4)(0,.9) \psline{-...
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Cannot determine size of graphic

I'm trying to include graphics in my Latex-file, which I compiled with latex+dvipdf on OS X. Latex however returns this error: "Cannot determine size of graphic" My graphic is exported from ...
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No room for a new \dimen

I have this error message: ! No room for a new \dimen . \ch@ck ...\else \errmessage {No room for a new #3} \fi which I can not find a cure for.
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What does the phrase "Underfull \hbox (badness 10000) in paragraph" actually mean?

What does the actual phrase above mean?
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How to put \verb command inside of \textbf{} block?

It looks like you can't use \verb|...| inside of \textbf{...}. I tried the following: \textbf{Be very careful when using \verb|-i| as it's destructive and it's not reversible!} And got this error: !...
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inputenc Error: Unicode char \u8: not set up for use with LaTeX

This is with ref to my previous question Package clash in multilingual report. \documentclass[11pt,table,a4paper]{article} \usepackage{lmodern} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \...
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MiKTeX: Two things did not succeed

I installed a new hard drive on my computer this summer and I'm trying to install MiKTeX on it now. There were no problems when I was using my old hard drive. My OS is Windows 8.1. I'm trying to ...
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Documents with typical LaTeX errors

I am giving a LaTeX course and have the idea to let the students find and solve problems within a few documents. Basically they shall learn how to create minimal examples and read error messages. ...
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Error with square bracket in table

\begin{table}[ht] \makebox[\textwidth][c]{ \begin{tabular}{ccccc} \hline \hline [] & [] & [] & [] & []\\ [] & [] & [] & [] & []\\ ...
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Package babel Error: Unknown option `francais'

I recently updated my operating system from Ubuntu 13.04 to Ubuntu 13.10. Since then, I am facing difficulties compiling my TeX code in which the french babel package is called. Please note that all ...
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pdfTeX error (font expansion): auto expansion is only possible with scalable

I'm using a custom class file. My main file looks like this: \documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{thesis} \begin{document} \frontmatter \pagenumbering{alph} \pagenumbering{roman} \clearpage ...
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New installation – TeX editor says: "Error: Could not start the command"

I just downloaded and installed Texmaker. I've never used any (La)TeX before. When I click the Run button with an arrow next to "Quick build" I get an error saying "Could not start the command". Why? ...
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Too many unprocessed floats

I'm trying to a large number of figures. The code is \begin{figure} \includegraphics[scale=0.5]{m2T4.pdf} \caption{M2T, Problem Size 513} \end{figure} I'm not able to compile, I get the error ! ...
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Package PGF Math Error: Unknown operator `o' or `of'

I am getting a unhelpful error while trying to place a node above another node using the below= syntax. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \node[] (node1)...
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Windows API error 5: "Access is denied" when trying to compile TikZ picture

I installed PGF but are unable to compile the following document: \documentclass[10pt]{article} \usepackage{pgf,tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) --(1,2); \end{tikzpicture} \end{...
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Error: Counter too large! with \alph{cntr} and cntr>26

I would like to have \alph{counter} for values larger than 26. The following MnWE gives me the error ! LaTeX Error: Counter too large. \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \begin{enumerate} \def\...
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Applying a postaction to every path in TikZ

Sometime, for example in a solution to a recent question, one wants to apply a postaction (like a decoration) to a group of paths. A naive solution is to use every path/.style={}. Unfortunately this ...
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Package natbib Error: Bibliography not compatible with author-year citations

I have a basic tex file and a bibliography which is exported from Mendeley However, when I want to cite in the author-year style, I get the error: Package natbib Error: Bibliography not compatible ...
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tlmgr cannot setup TLPDB

I'm trying to update my installation of texlive 2013 under Ubuntu 13.10. However, I followed the instruction on this answer, but I get an error (running on Debian, switching to user mode!) cannot ...
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\mathbb{Z} yields undefined control sequence error

I am using WinEdt 6 for compiling my TeX documents. I am getting an error with contains the line $\mathbb{Z}$ showing that it is undefined control sequence. How should I rectify it? Should I include ...
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What does this warning mean? (fancyhdr and headheight)

My LaTeX file compiles fine. However, in reading my .log file, I see many repeated instances of Package Fancyhdr Warning: \headheight is too small Looking for it in google, I found some 'fixes', but ...
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Error in TeX Live – Font ... not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not found

I freshly installed 'basic' version of TeX Live 2012 (not full, only basic version). I have following line in my code: \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} I get following error: (/usr/local/texlive/2012/texmf-...
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"Too many math alphabets" error

I just got the error Too many math alphabets used in version normal. on a document I'm editing. What can I do to fix this, other than stop using an alphabet? All I've found online is instructions ...
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\pdfendlink ended up in different nesting level than \pdfstartlink

I started using showkeys in one of my documents and see this error \pdfendlink ended up in different nesting level than \pdfstartlink A bit of google suggests that this "happens when hyperref is ...
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TeX capacity exceeded (save size)

I am generating a fairly large index of .txt, .tex, and .pdf files. This process has worked for a long time, and the size of the index is not the issue. I have added logic to insert additional links ...
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Change Language in \usepackage[<language>]{babel}?

I've been trying to change the language of my LaTeX document by replacing \usepackage[swedish]{babel} with \usepackage[english]{babel} but I only get this message: ! Package babel Error: You haven't ...
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Error when using TikZ-Feynman package

Today I downloaded and installed the new TikZ-Feynman package to draw Feynman diagrams. I included the packages \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage{tikz-feynman} \tikzfeynmanset{compat=1.0.0} \...
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Getting xetex to complain when a character is missing

Consider the following minimal document: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} tām आ ṁ \end{document} If you compile it with xelatex se.tex, you get something normal and innocuous, like: This ...
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How to trace LaTeX errors efficiently?

One of the most annoying things about LaTeX is that handling errors can be cumbersome and nerve-racking. In fact, it is the main reason that keeps me from actively recommending LaTeX to most people (...
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Tikz and ctable incompatibility, gives error when printing

When I print a report I get an error: An error exists on this page. Acrobat may not display the page correctly. Please contact the person who created the PDF document to correct the problem ...
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Misplaced \noalign error with \input in a table after the 2020 fall LaTeX release

With the 2020 fall update, the behaviour of \input{} changed. Before, I would have a main latex document (main.tex) and then the table contents in another file (table.tex) . Importantly, the file ...
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Error message: There's no line here to end

In a letter-class document that had no previous errors I am suddenly getting the error message: "There's no line here to end" \opening{text} I've used this file many times and today it starts giving ...
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sharelatex: PDF inclusion: required page does not exist <5>

I checked the other question similar to this issue yet I could not find a proper solution for the issue I am facing for including an .svg file which is converted using inkscape with pdf+latex option ...
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Uninformative error message when using AUCTeX

I often have this error when using AUCTeX: TeX-error: Error occured after last TeX file closed However, when running for instance pdflatex on the command line, I have a proper error message. But the ...
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Making a new environment combining equation and split

I'm trying to define a new environment that consists of a split environment inside an equation environment. But I'm getting an error. Here's what I'm doing: \documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article} \...
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\pgfmathsetmacro - dimension too large (biggest value allowed?)

I want to import some data with parameters to parametrize some plots. After importing a table, I assign specific variables of the table to a placeholder by using \pgfplotstablegetelem. And it works ...
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biblatex broken overnight

As late as last week my setup for biblatex worked fine. Going back to the same project today not even a minimal file compiles: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{biblatex} %\addbibresource{...
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Quickest way of applying thesis to tex template

I am trying to apply my thesis to a TeX template. I have pdflatex installed on a Linux box (in my university), but cannot get it to work. When I point to my TeX file as below, it gives an error: ...
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Tex capacity exceeded, sorry [input stack size = 5000]

This is the error I am getting since I have added some new references to my .bib file. I think is more than a filled stack. Any ideas? references.bib It was requested a minimum working example but I ...
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pdflatex bash script to supress all output except error messages? [duplicate]

I have a bash script which I use to compile a file with pdflatex twice (to make sure it sorts out references properly, etc.). This is the 'latexbuild' script I use: module load ctan pdflatex --shell-...
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Is there any way to generate custom errors/warnings in LaTeX?

I want something like \ifmmode\else\GenerateWarning{The command \backslash uzuka is supported only in math mode.}\fi, which is supposed to generate a warning "The command \uzuka is supported only in ...
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Cite in theorem environment argument

When I try to cite a book in such a way \begin{theorem}[\cite[p.~90]{bibitem}] Theorem body. \end{theorem} I've got an error because of multiple use of [ and ]. Is it possible to cite in such a way ...
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How can I fix the error "GUI framework cannot be initialized" with TeXnicCenter and MiKTeX?

I don't know what I've done, but all of a sudden I am unable to compile any document which uses the geometry package. Minimal (non)-working example: \documentclass[11pt]{article} \usepackage{...
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Double superscript error involving tilde

When I write {{\tilde{C}}^{0}_{har}}^{\Gamma} (or the same with fewer curly brackets) in Tex I obtain a double superscript error and I can't solve it. Does someone know how to fix this?
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Overleaf does not compile after using Biblatex [duplicate]

I have my PhD deadline on Monday and disaster has struck at the very last minute! Any assistance would be eternally appreciated. I'm using Overleaf (v2) to write my thesis - it's a very large file ...
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Using TikZ inside a figure caption

I have a PNG plot with a couple of black patches in it, and I'd like to refer to it in the \caption of the figure. According to the TikZ manual, I'd have to \tikz \fill[black] (1ex,1ex) circle (1ex); ...
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tlmgr: unexpected return value from verify_checksum: -5

When I am trying to update TeX Live I receive an error. Why does this happen and what does the error mean? $ tlmgr update --self --all /usr/local/texlive/2019/bin/x86_64-linux/tlmgr: unexpected ...
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What are some typical LuaTeX gotchas?

The interaction of TeX and Lua can be quite delicate at times. While the former has category codes and tokens, the latter has escape sequences and datatypes. Mixing the disparate concepts of these ...
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