# [texhax] Problem working with include files

Bruno Estigarribia aananda at stanford.edu
Sat Mar 31 02:21:05 CEST 2007

Hello all,
I am writing a thesis using the following code:

\documentclass[12pt,twoside,openright]{report}

\setcounter{errorcontextlines}{2}

\usepackage[dvipdfm]{graphicx}

\usepackage{setspace}

\usepackage{covington}

\usepackage{subfigure}

\usepackage{amsmath, amsthm, amssymb}

\usepackage{xytree}

\usepackage{suthesis-2e}

\doublespacing

\title{ }

\author{ }

\dept{ }

\typein[\files]{Now put in includeonly}

\includeonly{\files}

\begin{document}

\include{preface}

\include{acknowledgment}

\include{chapter1}

\include{chapter2}

\include{chapter3}

\include{chapter4}

\include{chapter5}

\include{chapter6}

\include{chapter7}

\include{chapter8}

\include{chapter9}

\appendix

\include{appendix1}

\include{appendix2}

\include{appendix3}

\include{bibliography}

\end{document}

I am trying to process only chapter 2, but I am getting all sorts of
error messages that, as far as I can tell, are associated with not
having a \begin{document} command at the beginning of my file. For
instance, the beginning of the .log file shows:

This is pdfeTeX, Version 3.141592-1.21a-2.2 (MiKTeX 2.4) (preloaded
format=latex 2006.12.28) 19 JAN 2007 14:08

entering extended mode

**C:/Documents*and*Settings/Owner.YOUR-0A8FD207A5/Desktop/Drafts191206/Chapter2.tex

(C:/Documents and
Settings/Owner.YOUR-0A8FD207A5/Desktop/Drafts191206/Chapter2.tex

LaTeX2e <2003/12/01>

Babel <v3.8g> and hyphenation patterns for english, dumylang,

! Undefined control sequence.

l.1 \chapter

The control sequence at the end of the top line

of your error message was never \def'ed. If you have

misspelled it (e.g., \hobx'), type I' and the correct

spelling (e.g., I\hbox'). Otherwise just continue,

and I'll forget about whatever was undefined.

! LaTeX Error: Missing \begin{document}.

See the LaTeX manual or LaTeX Companion for explanation.

Type H <return> for immediate help.

...

l.1 \chapter{A

dult English yes/no questions}

You're in trouble here. Try typing <return> to proceed.

If that doesn't work, type X <return> to quit.

Missing character: There is no A in font nullfont!

A later error shown by the .log file:

! LaTeX Error: The font size command \normalsize is not defined:

there is probably something wrong with the class file.

Since I am a newbie, I am having trouble solving this. Maybe these
errors have different sources after all? I googled “font nullfont”,
searched the FAQs, and read many of the errors explained there. I tried
erasing all the \include commands after \begin{document} thinking they
may conflict with what I am entering at the prompt. But obviously I need
them because otherwise LaTeX is not even creating the .aux file (if I
understand correctly). So, I’ve run out of ideas. If somebody could find
the time to sketch a solution or point at where to find one, I’d be very
grateful.
Cheers,
Bruno

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