# [OS X TeX] Missing \begin{document} error

Samuel Lelievre samuel.lelievre.tex at free.fr
Sun Oct 17 13:41:29 CEST 2010

On 2010-10-16, Herb Schulz wrote:

>On Oct 16, 2010, at 3:56 PM, Josep Maria Font wrote:
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>> El 16/10/2010, a les 22:11, Don Green Dragon ha escrit:
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>>> LaTeX Error: Missing \begin{document}.
>>
>> Yes, 99% of the times, this error is due to an unwanted "typesettable" character in the preamble, i.e., before the actual \begin{document} has been reached. Improving the error message to something similar to "No \begin{document} found before this point" might be advisable.
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>> JMaF
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>
>Howdy,
>
>... or some other problem in the preamble such as a missing }' so TeX is continuing to scan.
>
>Good Luck,
>
>Herb Schulz
>(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

Hello,

The typical thing that gets me this error message is when I forget
a backslash in the name of a new command I'm defining, i.e. I have

\newcommand{commandname}{blabla}

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