Couldn't start the command (On Mac)

2011-10-24
2012-10-17
  • Ming-Hua Chung

    Ming-Hua Chung - 2011-10-24

    Hi, all,

    After I installed TeXstudio(version 2.2) on my iMac, everything works great
    until I tried to compile the .tex file.
    It kept showed my the following message:

    Error: Could not start the command: latex -src -interaction=nonstopmode
    "FRETNOTE".tex
    Error: Could not start the command: pdflatex -synctex=1
    -interaction=nonstopmode "FRETNOTE".tex

    I guessed it might relate to the configuration of commands, but I wouldn't
    dare to change them because I am afraid to screw them up. Please help me if
    you know what the problem is.

    It works on my windows XP laptop. And, I really really like TeXstudio to work
    on my Mac for its color and auto-filled functions.This may be a stupid
    question, but I tried to search online without any luck.

    Best,

    Michael

     
  • raghava

    raghava - 2011-10-29

    I have the same problem. I am able to run pdflatex, latex, ps2pdf commands
    from the command line.

    @OP, did you resolve this issue?

    How can I configure TeXstudio?

     
  • Jan  Sundermeyer

    Jan Sundermeyer - 2011-10-30

    please run "which latex" in your command line and add the path given to your
    texstudio latex commands.

     
  • raghava

    raghava - 2011-10-30

    Yes, I did that. Now, I get the following errors

    1) Undefined control sequence \documentclass
    2) Undefined control sequence \begin
    3) Undefined control sequence \section

    Is there any other configuration setting that I am missing?

     
  • Jan  Sundermeyer

    Jan Sundermeyer - 2011-10-30

    where do you get "undefined control sequence" ?

     
  • raghava

    raghava - 2011-10-30

    Thank you for the reply.

    I created a latex file just for testing. I use the pdfLatex option. Then I get
    the above mentioned errors. Following is the latex file I have

    \documentclass{article}
    \begin{document}
    \section{Notes on the new approach}
    This is a dummy section.
    \end{document}

    What am I missing?

     
  • Jan  Sundermeyer

    Jan Sundermeyer - 2011-10-30

    i suppose that you try to compile said file using pdflatex.
    What did you put in the field options/tools/pdflatex ?

     
  • raghava

    raghava - 2011-10-30

    Yes, I am using pdfLatex to compile it. Should I use something else?

    I set the path to the commands under the following menu -- Options/Configure
    TeXstudio.../Commands

    pdfLatex path: "/usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/x86_64-darwin/pdftex" -synctex=1
    -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex
    Latex also has the same path.

    seems like in my tex directory, pdflatex and latex are aliases to pdftex

     
  • Jan  Sundermeyer

    Jan Sundermeyer - 2011-10-30

    you need to set the command as "pdflatex" (the program detects what alias was
    used and behaves accordingly, pdftex is not pdflatex ...)

     
  • raghava

    raghava - 2011-10-30

    wow!! Cool, I got it :). After changing the aliases back to their actual names
    (pdflatex and latex), I am able to compile and view the pdf. Thank you for the
    help.

    Now that I got the initial setup and test out of the way, I guess I need to go
    through the manual to see how to use TeXstudio's other features.

    Thanks again.

     
  • Ming-Hua Chung

    Ming-Hua Chung - 2011-11-18

    Thank you so much, both of you. I solved most of my problem.

     
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-09

    Same problem here. On a previous mac, I ran TexMakerX with MacTex distribution
    2010 with no problem. This version doesn't seem to compile correctly. Can
    anyone suggest a quick fix, or is the version fouled up?

     
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-09

    Nevermind, didn't see the prevtious reply. Not sure why the default is set as
    it is. Both the alias for pdftex and pdflatex go to the same actual file:
    pdftex. By typing in pdflatex instead, the problem was solved.

     
  • Nobody/Anonymous

    Was struggling with a similar problem, until my office mate asked me what file
    extension i had. Confirm that the file you are compiling is a .tex file (e.).
    If not just add the .tex extension to it.
    Did you recently change the name of the file?
    I hope this solves your problem and that of many others.

    Tonny.

     

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