This has been a sort of confounding problem. I'm on a Windows 7 machine, using MikTex 2.9 as my LaTex installation. When I try to render even the default RMarkdown template using rmarkdown::render(''test.Rmd") I fail on a mysterious pandoc error
Error: failed to compile test.tex
If I keep the intermediate test.tex and run
>pdflatex test.tex, the pdf is produced properly.
What's even more confusing is if I use the RStudio knit button, the pdf is produced perfectly fine. If I check the intermediate pandoc command, the commands produced by render and knit are identical. I tried adding the verbose option, to the header as such, but I'm getting no extra information.
--- title: "Test" output : pdf_document: pandoc_args : ["--verbose"]
Sys.which('pdflatex') points to the correct pdflatex.exe as well
I'm not really sure what debugging steps I can take next, so any help would be appreciated!