setting up a 3d printer with some trouble

sooo i bought a 3d printer so i could print some of the shit i make in solidworks and it seems to be running im able to manually control it but i cant figure out what is going on in marlin for the life of me.... i keep getting the same error message....

Arduino: 1.6.13 (Windows 10), Board: "Arduino/Genuino Mega or Mega 2560, ATmega2560 (Mega 2560)"

exec: "{}/ctags": file does not exist
Error compiling for board Arduino/Genuino Mega or Mega 2560.

This report would have more information with
"Show verbose output during compilation"
option enabled in File -> Preferences.

i hope someone can help (pretty close to throwing this thing over my balcony and taking up something lame like sports helppp!!!)

You would probably be better asking this question on the RepRap Forum where they are all experts on 3D printers.

It may be worth trying an older version of the Arduino IDE. Backward compatibility does not seem to be part of the Arduino developers’ plan.

You can easily have several versions of the IDE on your PC. I am still using 1.6.3 - but I don’t have a 3D printer, so no experience of Marlin.


A bunch of people have had IDE 1.6.x problems, including IDE crashes and bizarre compile errors, when they had a previous 1.5.x/1.6.x installation. At least some of those problems seem to be caused by incompatible executables and preference files that the IDE saves outside the IDE installation directory. Perhaps that is what is causing your particular problem. In such cases it appears that the fix is to delete or rename the old “Arduino15” directory and re-install 1.6.x.

On Mac OS X:
/Users/(username)/Library/Arduino15 (a.k.a. ~/Library/Arduino15)
(Note: The ‘Library’ folder is greyed out in Finder. The folder can’t be opened with a double-click. To browse the contents of ‘Library’, ctrl-click on it and select “Open in New Tab” from the pop-up menu.)

On Windows delete or rename both:
Arduino IDE 1.6.5r5 and previous: C:\Users(username)\AppData\Roaming\Arduino15
Arduino IDE 1.6.6 and later: C:\Users(username)\AppData\Local\Arduino15

On Linux:
/home/(username)/.arduino15 (a.k.a. ~/.arduino15)
(Note: file/folder names starting with ‘.’ are not normally shown in directory listings. Use ‘ls -a’ to get a directory listing that includes the hidden files.)