# Pandoc error trying DISTILL

Always good to try out new methods and see it go. I tried HUGO severally and at one point or another, it bluffs. So I was excited to learn that DISTILL is an easy way to create personal website. Therefore I just tried the example for creating website from DISTILL help which resulted into the error message "pandoc document conversion failed with error 6"!!, I have tried all suggestions on Google (re-installed pandoc and rmarkdown) without success. Does anyone have ideas about this? I am using R4.03 and the RStudio is the very latest.

Can you try running rmarkdown::pandoc_exec() in a fresh R session within RStudio and share what it returns?

rmarkdown::pandoc_exec()

"C:/Users/JOBNMA~1/AppData/Local/Pandoc/pandoc"

Hmm, okay, this may be the issue. rmarkdown is probably using your system version of pandoc rather than the one that comes installed with RStudio.

Could you also run rmarkdown::find_pandoc() and Sys.getenv("RSTUDIO_PANDOC")?

rmarkdown::find_pandoc()
$version [1] ‘2.11.2’$dir
[1] "C:/Users/JOBNMA~1/AppData/Local/Pandoc"

Sys.getenv("RSTUDIO_PANDOC")
[1] "C:/Program Files/RStudio/bin/pandoc"

It is indeed using a Pandoc version installed on your system, but that should work anyway.

Can you share the full console output you have for the pandoc command regarding this error ?

Thanks.

I tried HUGO severally and at one point or another, it bluffs.

Happy to here more about that too ! you can DM me to share your feedback, I would be very interested to know what frictions you had with blogdown

## Not run:

library(distill)
create_website("mysite", "My Site")
Creating website directory mysite
Creating mysite/_site.yml
Creating mysite/index.Rmd
Rendering website...

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ordinary text without R code

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label: setup (with options)
List of 1
$include: logi FALSE |..................................................| 100% ordinary text without R code "C:/Users/JOBNMA~1/AppData/Local/Pandoc/pandoc" +RTS -K512m -RTS about.utf8.md --to html5 --from markdown+autolink_bare_uris+tex_math_single_backslash --output about.html --lua-filter "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\DOCUME~1\R\WIN-LI~1\4.0\RMARKD~1\RMARKD~1\lua\PAGEBR~1.LUA" --lua-filter "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\DOCUME~1\R\WIN-LI~1\4.0\RMARKD~1\RMARKD~1\lua\LATEX-~1.LUA" --email-obfuscation none --standalone --variable toc-float=1 --highlight-style "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\DOCUME~1\R\WIN-LI~1\4.0\distill\RMARKD~1\TEMPLA~1\DISTIL~1\RESOUR~1\ARROW~1.THE" --template "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\DOCUME~1\R\WIN-LI~1\4.0\distill\RMARKD~1\TEMPLA~1\DISTIL~1\RESOUR~1\DEFAUL~1.HTM" "--metadata=link-citations:true" --include-in-header "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpKwmp3W\file3f2056a84b02html" --include-in-header "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpKwmp3W\file3f2042b6ce4html" --include-in-header "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpKwmp3W\file3f2013a940a1html" --include-in-header "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpKwmp3W\file3f207c85aahtml" --include-before-body "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpKwmp3W\file3f20b1b20cehtml" --include-before-body "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpKwmp3W\file3f2044c92aa9html" --include-before-body "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpKwmp3W\file3f2019e0f7bhtml" --include-after-body "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpKwmp3W\file3f205df25a31html" --include-after-body "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpKwmp3W\file3f207761b05html" --include-after-body "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpKwmp3W\file3f20198c2117html" --include-in-header "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpKwmp3W\rmarkdown-str3f2070ec7996.html" --mathjax --variable "mathjax-url:https://mathjax.rstudio.com/latest/MathJax.js?config=TeX-AMS-MML_HTMLorMML" --include-in-header "C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpKwmp3W\file3f203547297bhtml" Unknown highlight-style C:\Users\JOBNMA~1\DOCUME~1\R\WIN-LI~1\4.0\distill\RMARKD~1\TEMPLA~1\DISTIL~1\RESOUR~1\ARROW~1.THE Error: pandoc document conversion failed with error 6 ## End(Not run) Thank you. I believe this is related to But I did not manage to reproduce. It would be very much appreciated if your are willing to help me with this https://github.com/rstudio/distill/issues/214#issuecomment-730369778 As it is now the second times, I think we have an issue with Windows and Pandoc related to the custom theme used. Maybe it is because of windows short path... public_dir <- "C:/Users/Public/Documents/" file.copy(distill:::distill_resource("a11y.theme"), public_dir) [1] TRUE theme_file <- list.files(public_dir, "a11y.theme", full.names = TRUE) theme_file [1] "C:/Users/Public/Documents/a11y.theme" processing file: test.Rmd |.................. | 25% inline R code fragments |................................... | 50% label: setup (with options) List of 1$ include: logi FALSE

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label: unnamed-chunk-1

output file: test.knit.md

Output created: test.html
Warning message:
In (function (category = "LC_ALL", locale = "") :
OS reports request to set locale to "en_US.UTF-8" cannot be honored

I am not so clear with the second part of this instruction.
4. Click the knit button. Does it work ? Paste the command line you have in the Rmarkdown pane below "output_file: test.knit.md"

Thanks a lot ! That is exactly what I was looking for!

It seems this work for you by moving the theme file. So I believe this is an issue with WINDOWS and path with space. Can you confirm if you have a space in your username ?

C:\Users\<user with space>\Documents ?

I manage to reproduce. This is a bug with rmarkdown and Pandoc

@Job_Nmadu I pushed a fix in a PR if you want to try

You can install with

remotes::install_github("rstudio/distill#236")


Thanks very much. The fix has corrected the error code 6 in my device

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