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pdfLaTex not properly configured

Postby Jerry » Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:29 pm

Hello. I recently installed TexWorks and MikTeX on my Mac Mini (MacOS Mojave 10.14). I got a document to work perfectly (a test for my students). I started another document and when I tried to typeset it, I got the error message "pdfLaTex not properly configured". When I go to the drop-down menu where pdfLaTeX appears, it and all the other options are grayed out.

I went back to typeset the first document, and though I'd changed nothing, I got the same message. I've done nothing that I can imagine would change any configuration.

In case it matters, I'm also trying BaKoMaTex Word, though I don't believe I touched it between the time my test worked and the time it didn't.

Can anyone help me solve this problem?

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Postby Johannes_B » Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:12 am

Bakomatex is a commercial product and mostly off-topic here.

Back to miktex on a mac ... Can you call pdflatex via a terminal? Command line
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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:22 pm

I wonder that it's MikTeX? Perhaps you mean MacTeX?

If it's MacTeX, you could start the TeX Live manager (via the Launcher, just type "TeX" and see whats offered) and look if this one helps you.

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Postby Jerry » Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:31 am

Thank you for the replies, Johannes_B and Stefan Kottwitz. I didn't succeed in following either of your suggestions, but on a whim I tried starting TexWorks from MikTeX Console, and it worked! Maybe that's what I'd done before. So there's no problem right now.

If you're curious, Stefan, I chose MikTex because that's what I have on my Windows machine at work.

Thanks for providing this site!

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