[Tex/LaTex] Sorry, but “MiKTeX Compiler Driver” did not succeed


This seems to be a well known problem, but I'm afraid I couldn't find a solution. I've used latex/miktex for years, but when I tried to compile a document yesterday, I got the error message

Sorry, but "MiKTeX Compiler Driver" did not succeed. 

The log file hopefully contains the information to get MiKTeX going again:


You may want to visit the MiKTeX project page, if you need help.

The log file contains the following:

texify - running 'initexmf --quiet --update-fndb' to refresh the file name database

The code runs fine with pdfLatex, but if I use pdflateX+MakeIndex+BibTex, it won't compile any more. Even my test code:





hello! \cite{99mich}



doesn't work. I tried re-installing MikTex (w/o success), and tried to update (admin) my packages, which doesn't work:

  Sorry, but something went wrong: The executed process did not succeed. 

  fileName = 'C:\Program Files\MikTex2.9\miktex\bin\x64xinitexmf.exe"

  arguments="--update-fndb --verbose--admin", exitCode="1"

Maybe that's the problem? I would be really thankful for any help. My last years with miktex went without problems and I don't know where to tackle this fundamental problem.

Many thanks!
Best, CBo

Best Answer

I had the same problem where running with BibTex would throw this error, and found that the issue was within the .bib file that I had. Specifically, there was one citation with an accidental space in the reference name and another that was a duplicate. There was some info about which citation was problematic directly above the error message.

Anyways, so I guess try and make sure that all the entries in your .bib file are properly formatted.

I also found that this error occurs if I have the final pdf document open in adobe reader while compiling.