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

Mon Feb 26 10:26:03 UTC 2018

Hi Dimitris,

indeed I have found a statement in the stye file that I'm using that says:

% Document language control
\RequirePackage{babel}

However, if I add what you suggest in the main body of my LaTeX file, I
still see the same error appearing. I have added the call:

\usepackage[american]{babel}

just before the '\begin{document}' statement. I don't see to find anything
saying where exactly it should be added....

Cheers,

Fab

On 26 February 2018 at 00:54, Dimitris Diochnos <diochnos at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> 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:
>
> \usepackage{babel}
>
> Replacing that statement with:
>
> \usepackage[american]{babel}
>
> 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.)
>
> Cheers!
> Dimitris
>
> P.S.: https://ctan.org/pkg/babel 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 lists.macports.org> 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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