# [texhax] inexplicable LaTeX weirdness

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Wed May 21 11:29:22 CEST 2003

> > > I am a relatively new user. I successfully created a paper using
> > > OzTeX and was working on a second paper  last Friday. I had compiled
> > > about half of it. Monday morning I opened the second paper and was
> > > working on it. When I tried to TeX I got Unreadable Control Sequence
> > > documentclass{article}. When I tried the first paper, I got the
> > > same. When I tried any document, I got the same.
> > > I'm using OS 9 on a G4. My son installed some games over the
> > > weekend - could some extensions be turned off?
>
> Doesn't seem to be anyhing to with extensions since TeX did run.
>
> > You've switched from using the LaTeX format to (Plain) TeX.
>
> I hate to differ but I think not; the error in theat case would read
>
> ! Undefined Control Sequence
> l.1 \documentclass
>                   {article}

oh, come one -- this is a new user: i really don't believe that he's
not simply mis-remembered the error message when sending his mail.