# [OS X TeX] pdftex error

Thu Mar 18 20:03:17 EST 2004

On 18 Mar, 2004, at 18:47, Lorant Olasz wrote:

> For the past day I've been trying to get a working latex installation,
> first with fink and then with I-installer. Installation process
> produces no errors. However, when trying to compile a file with pdftex
> I get the following error:
>
> ! Undefined control sequence.
> l.3 \documentclass
>                  [10pt] {article}

Here it looks as though you have a space between [10pt] and {article}
which produces this error with pdftex.  Try this:

\documentclass[10pt]{article}
\begin{document}
This is a test.
\end{document}

> Also I could not run
> pdftex example

Where is the file example.tex?  If you run this from Terminal, you can
type pdftex at the prompt, then drag your example.tex file to the
Terminal window and hit return.

hth,