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Bibliography error Something's wrong perhaps a missing \item

Postby GuiRitter » Mon May 09, 2016 8:06 pm

Hi everyone.

I'm using a template I got from a friend, because the template's source is broken [1], and there are no documents or manuals there. I tried to make an MWE and removed as much as I could from the project. By adding the bibliography, the following error occurs:

  1. ] (tcc_dinf.bbl
  3. ! LaTeX Error: Something's wrong--perhaps a missing \item.
  5. See the LaTeX manual or LaTeX Companion for explanation.
  6. Type H <return> for immediate help.
  7. ...
  9. l.1 ...\parindent}}\vspace*{-1cm}\begin{flushleft}
  11. Try typing <return> to proceed.
  12. If that doesn't work, type X <return> to quit.
  14. ) AED: lastpage setting LastPage [2

The funny thing is, since there are no documents, I don't even know what is the consequence of that error. The PDF seems to be generated just fine, but I can't know if what I see is the expected result. So, I would like to see if someone can find out how to fix this error, since I only have superficial knowledge of LaTeX and do not know how to alter the template files.

I've tested with both ShareLaTeX and TeXMaker. The ".log" and ".bbl" files from TeXMaker are attached, together with the MWE. The main file is "tcc_dinf.tex".

Thanks in advance.

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Postby Johannes_B » Tue May 10, 2016 8:54 am

Welcome, template are a constant source of tickets for helpers.

There might be a reason that the template cannot be accessed?

Nevermind, some of the package files are very very old, they shouldn't be distributed that way anyways. The bst-file that comes with your zip is ... i don't know who came up with this. I removed the faulty bits, see the attachement. Of course i am not quite sure what the original author had in mind.
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Postby GuiRitter » Tue May 10, 2016 8:15 pm

I suppose the reason why it can't be accessed anymore is simply because that page isn't maintained anymore, as it lists students that have already graduated, but I could be wrong.

I tested your file and the outputs look the same, but the error is gone. I will use it from now on, and keep a link to this thread in a comment for credit and future reference.

Thank you for your effort!

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