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Troubleshooting

It is inevitable. Tex is such a monster that you are going to have troubles of one sort or another. Here we can collectively have an archive of the most common solutions!

Note that with the console open, most of the time you can either push enter when the console printout pauses with a message to skip over the error or warning and just continue, OR you can push Q to just finish the script in silence. Either way you will see the resulting PDF.

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Missing Begin Document

! LaTex Error: Missing \begin{document}.

Solution:

…or you can just push return and continue, hoping it turns out okay anyway (it just might!).

Option Clash for Geometry

! LaTex Error: Option clash for package geometry.

Solution:

…or you can just push return and continue, hoping it turns out okay anyway (it just might!).

Cannot Extract Embedded Font AND/OR Hieroglyphs

When you open the pdf in Adobe Acrobat, you get a warning:

Cannot extract the embedded font 'ZMIZFF+greciliae'. Some characters may not display or print correctly.

When you open the pdf file in Adobe Acrobat you may see hieroglyphs - Characters that look like they are pulled and smeared along the page or long parenthesis-looking characters that are not supposed to be there.

This is a popular error.

These errors have to do both with the fonts themselves and with the way TexLive embeds the fonts. I've noticed that these funny marks print if I embed the pdf inside another pdf using InDesign. If I open it directly there is no problem.

Workarounds - Open the pdf file in Adobe Acrobat and save it as a .ps (postscript) file. Then open the .ps file in Adobe Distiller to reconvert it to pdf. This should solve the error message. - In Adobe Reader, when you enter the print dialogue, click on Advanced and then check the box for Print as Image. - Open the pdf that TexLive created and save it as a jpeg and include that in your InDesign document! XnView is free and does a good job of converting pdfs to jpegs.

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troubleshooting.txt · Last modified: 2015/01/05 18:09 by bgm