[texworks] Crash with Save As

Stefan Löffler st.loeffler at gmail.com
Sat Oct 16 18:22:03 CEST 2010


Am 2010-10-16 12:15, schrieb David Perry:
> I just tried version 3, r670 that came with MiKTeX 2.9.  (I've been
> using 2.0 for a long time, since -- as somebody recently pointed out
> -- no new Windows builds have been posted recently.)

This is only partly correct. There have been no official builds since
r567, but there is an experimental Windows build by me on
http://web.student.tuwien.ac.at/~e0325258/projects/c/texworks/. It's
r671, however, which is identical to r670 (only some Linux-specific
stuff changed).

> With 2.0, I sometimes made small changes to a file and then hit the
> "Compile" button, knowing that the file would be saved before
> compilation.  Doing this with r670 causes TeXworks to crash.
> It also crashes when doing File/Save As after starting a new file or
> when making changes to an existing one.  I'm using Vista with SP1
> installed.

This is very odd. I haven't heard about this before, so I have a few
*) Does this occur always?
*) Does this occur for documents using the "%!TeX root" modline? For
ones that don't? For both?
*) When using "Save", when does it occur (i.e., when clicking the
button/menu item, during the dialog is displayed, when the dialog is
closed, ...)?
*) Where do you try to save to (e.g., path with spaces, path with
non-ASCII characters, network drives, etc.)?
*) Could you try the build from the page I mentioned above? Does the
problem persist?

> I don't know whether this is a problem specific to the MiKTeX version
> or not.  If non-MiKTeX users here can confirm it does not happen for
> them, I'll report the bug on the MiKTeX forum.  (I know that version 3
> is not guaranteed to be stable, so perhaps it was not a good idea for
> it to be included in MiKTeX, but crashing on a simple save/as
> certainly is nasty behavior.)

If the problem occurs with the experimental build mentioned above, it's
not a MiKTeX problem.
You're right that version 3 is tagged "experimental", but we're close to
releasing the new 0.4 stable version, which is based on 0.3.x. So as
such, 0.3 should be fairly stable by now. With regular updates via
MiKTeX, it should be relatively safe to include it. But of course
crashes as the one you described have to be fixed.


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