[texworks] New version 302/303

T T t34www at googlemail.com
Fri Jun 5 18:34:57 CEST 2009

2009/6/5 T T <t34www at googlemail.com>:
> 2009/6/5 Jonathan Kew <jfkthame at googlemail.com>:
>> This is really strange, and I have not been able to reproduce this on OS X
>> or Linux.
> Yes, this is absolutely bizarre but it seems reproducible, see Alain's message.

I've done some more forensic work on this issue. I've added to texworks.ini:


This shows in the preferences dialog as an empty slot. With this in
place everything works, i.e. my test call to 'cmd /c path' returns the
PATH with leading ';'. If I have:


then I get two empty entries in the dialog and 'cmd /c path' returns
the PATH with two leading semicolons, and so on. Now, if I remove all
those empty slots from the preferences, then I get the following entry
in texworks.ini:


With this in place the call to 'cmd /c path' (or any other tool) fails
with program not found. This means that, if binaryPaths is @Invalid(),
adding the PATH to it fails (at least on Windows). Here's the relevant
piece of code from TeXDocument::typeset():

  QStringList binPaths = TWApp::instance()->getBinaryPaths();
  QStringList env = QProcess::systemEnvironment();
  QMutableStringListIterator envIter(env);
  while (envIter.hasNext()) {
          QString& envVar = envIter.next();
          if (envVar.startsWith("PATH=")) {
                  foreach (const QString& s,
envVar.mid(5).split(PATH_SEPARATOR, QString::SkipEmptyParts))
                  if (!binPaths.contains(s))
                  envVar = "PATH=" + binPaths.join(PATH_SEPARATOR);

If binaryPaths key exists in texworks.ini, then its content is
returned by TWApp::getBinaryPaths() but if it doesn't exist then the
result of TWApp::setDefaultPaths() is returned. Now the question is:
what TWApp::setDefaultPaths() returns if tex is not found on any of
the predefined paths? If the return value is @Invalid() as for
binaryPaths, then we have the same problem.

Another wierd thing I've noticed is that, w/o binaryPaths in
texworks.ini and using e.g.
my test call returns (rev.303):


Note that the original PATH is repeated twice in the one passed to the
spawned process, which should not happen, because of the condition
(see above):

     if (!binPaths.contains(s))  binPaths.append(s);

So something is not right here. Unfortunately I don't know enough
about Qt to troubleshoot this any further but I hope I narrowed this
down sufficiently that someone can figure this out now. Jonathan, does
it make any sense to you?



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