LaTeX 'Cannot execute this comand'


I know this may not be the solution you're looking for, but you might want to try TeXworks, it's got a built-in pdf reader, so you can see right away if your file generated. That way you'll know if the problem is your compiler, or your tex editor or your adobe.


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Updated on April 23, 2020


  • Shiuyin
    Shiuyin over 3 years

    working first time with TeX, installed TexNicCenter and MikTeX. I got some .tex files which I want to convert to .pdf just to make sure everything is installed properly and it works so I can stark working on the TeX thing.

    Problem: I chose Latex -> Pdf as my profile and entered each option as told by my professor in his screenshot.

    LatexCompiler: C:\Program Files\Miktex\miktex\bin\pdflatex.exe Arguments for the compiler: -interaction=nonstopmode -max-print-line=120"%wm"

    BibTex Compiler: C:\Program Files\Miktex\miktex\bin\bibtex.exe Arguments: "%bm"

    MakeIndex Compiler: C:\Program Files\Miktex\miktex\bin\makeindex.exe Arguments: "%bm"

    When using this profile on an existing .tex file this happens: Adobe Reader opens, says he couldn't find the selected file, another error occurs stating that it wasn't possible to execute the command "%bm". Yes I googled for that (, but those solutions don't help me. Also, in the ouptut-log box in the bottom of texniccenter it says, that there are 0 error and 0 warnings. However it also says, that pdflatex has a bad file descriptor and bibxtex and makeindex couldn't open their needed .aux and .idx files.

    What can I do here to make the given .tex files run properly?

    • Martin Schröder
      Martin Schröder about 10 years
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