[texhax] can't find input file?

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Mon Feb 8 23:39:46 CET 2010

On 8 February 2010 Eric Abrahamsen wrote:

 > I've been working on a tex file recently that makes use of two style  
 > files, one of which loads the other. I want to use these style files  
 > for other tex files, so this morning I tried putting them some place  
 > on my system where they'd be located automatically by my latex  
 > installation (I'm using MacTex 2009).
 > I can't be sure, but it seems like as soon as I moved the style files,  
 > I started getting the error that LaTeX couldn't find my input file  
 > (called "northern.tex" in this case). Not that it couldn't find my  
 > style files, but the input file itself. I assumed the error message  
 > was borked somehow and continued moving the style files to various  
 > places around my system and messing with environment variables.

Did you update the file database?  You have to do it whenever you move
a file within the texmf* trees or add a new one.

You just have to run the program mktexlsr.

 > Nothing worked, so I put the style files back in the directory with  
 > the input file. Same error. The input file is very obviously there,  
 > and not empty, and yet both Auctex via Emacs and the command line say  
 > they can't find the input file. I've removed the \usepackage commands  
 > and all custom commands from the input file, so it's basically just a  
 > standard LaTeX file with nothing but text. Same error with XeTeX and  
 > LaTeX. Here's the XeTeX log output:
 >  >>>>>>>>>>>>
 > This is XeTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.2-0.9995.2 (TeX Live 2009)  
 > (format=xetex 2009.11.7)  8 FEB 2010 17:23
 > entering extended mode
 >   %&-line parsing enabled.
 > **northern.tex
 > ! Emergency stop.
 > <*> northern.tex
 > End of file on the terminal!
 > No pages of output.
 >  >>>>>>>>>>>>>
 > How can it reach end of file when the file's right there in the  
 > directory?
 > Help!
 > Eric
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