package babel error: you haven't specified a language option

Dimitris Diochnos diochnos at
Mon Feb 26 00:54:42 UTC 2018


Babel is a package that lets you write in multiple languages in your
tex file (and eventually in the compiled file that you will create).
As the error message says, you have not specified a language option.
My guess is that somewhere in the preamble of your document you have a
statement of the form:


Replacing that statement with:


you should be able to compile the document without the error that you
mention. (Also, as a general remark, a short example that others can
use to reproduce the error that you claim is always appreciated, so,
do not be shy including such an example.)


P.S.: has a link to the documentation of
the package as well.

On Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 6:37 PM, Fabrizio Salvatore via macports-users
<macports-users at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have come across the following error message when compiling a LaTeX
> document:
> package babel error: you haven't specified a language option
> I've googled for this and what I found is related to the presence or not of
> the texlive-language-* packages. I have checked that I have all those
> available on macports installed, but I still have the same error message.
> Does anyone have any experience with that?
> Thanks a lot !
> Fab
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