PDF export fails with pdflatex and LuaTeX

Paul A. Rubin parubin73 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 11 21:03:09 UTC 2020

On 2/11/20 3:44 PM, Martin Weise wrote:
> On 11.02.20 20:44, Kornel Benko wrote:
>> Am Tue, 11 Feb 2020 14:33:23 -0500
>> schrieb "Paul A. Rubin" <parubin73 at gmail.com>:
>>>>> If you open a terminal in the temp directory and run pdflatex against
>>>>> the .tex file, does it compile? If not, is there a meaningful error
>>>>> message in the terminal?
>>>>> Paul
>>>> Yes, it does. There is no error.
>>>> Martin
>>> Okay, what follows is definitely grasping at straws. From a clean start
>>> of LyX, load the HelloWord.lyx file and try to either view or export a
>>> PDF. Presumably this will fail. Copy the LaTeX .log file in the LyX temp
>>> directory to someplace safe. Leave LyX open (so that the temp directory
>>> remains).
>> I would
>> 	create a new (empty) directory
>> 	copy HelloWord.lyx there
>> 	and use this copied file
>>> Now, in a terminal, run pdflatex on the .tex file in the LyX temp
>>> directory. Presumably this succeeds in generating a PDF file. Copy the
>>> new LaTeX .log file someplace safe. Then compare the two (using either
>>> 'diff' if you are command-line oriented or 'meld' if you like graphical
>>> output) and see if you can find a clue in the differences between the
>>> log files. Alternatively, you can post both log files here.
>>> Paul
>> 	Kornel
> Ok, here's something I (just) noticed: pdflatex, when run without
> arguments, produces a .dvi file from HelloWorld.tex. It is only if I
> specify "-output-format=pdf" that it creates a .pdf file.
>  From what I understand, this is not what pdflatex should normally do.
I'm losing track of what all we've looked at. If you have not already 
done so, can you post the .tex file here? There is a way to put a 
comment (I think) in a .tex file that will tell pdftex or pdflatex to 
generate a DVI rather than a PDF file.

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