# [texworks] can't find file

L.A.D. de Boer ldb at driebond.eu
Wed Apr 2 14:07:51 CEST 2014

```Dear Jonathan,

Op 01-04-14 20:00, Jonathan Kew schreef:
> It sounds like you're inadvertently running plain tex (or pdftex, or
> xetex) rather than latex (or pdflatex, or xelatex). \input as a macro
> with a brace-delimited argument is a LaTeX-ism; in plain TeX, you
> should NOT have braces, as they'll be interpreted as part of the
> actual filename.
>
> This would have been easier to diagnose if you quoted the *exact*
> output you're getting, which I suspect includes the error message
>
>   ! I can't find file `{../hdrBook.tex}'.
>
> (showing the braces as part of the name); it would also include the
> initial "banner" line that would confirm what TeX format (plain,
> latex, etc.) you're actually using.
>
> If I'm right, you need to choose the appropriate compilation tool
> (e.g. pdflatex) from the options in the TeXworks toolbar. Or add a
> comment at the top of your file such as
>
>   % !TEX program = pdflatex
>
> that tells TeXworks what tool to use.

You are right. I was - unconsciously - running pdfTex instead of the
pdfLaTeX (which I used on the old pc).
Compiling went ok now.

Extremely grateful, and apologies for not having given the exact
error-output,
Lou

```