[texworks] Texworks quit working (on windows)
sigmundv at gmail.com
sigmundv at gmail.com
Wed Sep 28 20:28:35 CEST 2011
My Windows knowledge is rusty, but the permissions and DLL issues seem worth
to look into.
On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 18:09, Jonathan Kew <jfkthame at googlemail.com> wrote:
> On 28 Sep 2011, at 17:47, K. Frank wrote:
> > Hi Alain!
> > On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 9:09 AM, Alain Delmotte <esperanto at swing.be>
> >> Hi!
> >> Le 28/09/2011 10:57, Lars Madsen a écrit :
> >>> ...
> >>> Have you ckecked that there are not any corrupt TeXworks
> >>> configuration files.
> >> If it is the Tex Live version of teXworks, go to
> >> c:\users\<you>\.texlive2010\texmf-config and suppress the "texworks"
> >> So you suppress all the configuration files.
> >> Restart TeXworks from Tex Live, a new folder will be created.
> > I have a "texworks" folder, but it is empty:
> > C:\Users\<me>\.texlive2011\texmf-config\texworks
> > I renamed it and restarted TeXworks. The empty texworks folder was
> > recreated, and I have the same problem -- the TeXworks process exits
> > almost immediately.
> I haven't followed this thread in detail, so I apologise if I'm repeating
> things that have already been suggested.... it sounds to me as though you
> might have incompatible versions of some library (DLL) that texworks uses.
> I'm not sure how many DLLs the current Windows builds depend on, but if you
> have a mixture where you're trying to launch an .exe from one release
> (miktex? tl2010? tw standalone?) but it is finding DLLs that came with a
> different release (somewhere in your Windows PATH?) there'd be a very high
> likelihood of failure.
> Normally, I'd expect all the necessary DLLs to be installed in the same
> folder as the .exe itself, so that the right ones are found, but if that's
> not the case on your system then it'll search for them in the current PATH,
> and may find the wrong one.
> An alternative theory: some kind of permissions issue that's preventing TW
> from accessing a file it needs. Does it make any difference if you
> right-click TW and ask it to "Run as Administrator"? (I think that's the
> Win7 way - not at a Windows machine right now.)
> >> But I am using Tex Live 2010.
> > For what it's worth, I am using TeX Live 2011.
> >> There are 2 TeXworks.exe: one in c:\texlive\2010\win32\bin and one with
> >> companion folders in c:\texlive\2010\tlpkg\texworks.
> >> The files have not the same date but are the same version of TeXworks.
> > Yes, I also have two copies of texworks.exe. The one that Akira
> > as the wrapper program is much smaller, and is the one I run (from the
> > "TeX Live 2011 / TeXworks Editor" shortcut that the TeX Live installation
> > process added to my start menu). Just for fun, I ran the "real" texworks
> > directly, and it exited almost immediately.
> > I do not know how to tell which texworks.exe is showing up briefly in
> > the windows task manager when I launch TeXworks. Perhaps the
> > wrapper, perhaps the "real" texworks, perhaps both (but I never see
> > both at the same time).
> >> As far as I can remember, I installed TeXworks before Tex Live (I was
> >> MikTeX before, but shifted because of the difficulties knowing if you
> >> user or administrator).
> >> The TeXworks, not from Tex Live, was updated regularly and is now
> >> 0.5r.932(official)
> >> The configuration files for this TeXworks are in
> >> I am under Windows 7(64) but Tex Live is win32.
> >> Hope this helps,
> > Well, it helps, in that you have TeXworks / TeX Live working under
> > (and 64-bit windows 7, in fact), but I still don't know what I should do.
> > Maybe it's a coincidence, but when I had TeXworks working, I had first
> > installed just TeXworks from a TeXworks installation package, and then
> > I installed TeX Live. It sounds like you had first installed TeXworks
> > MiKTeX, and then installed TeX Live. (But it looks like you are running
> > TeXworks from your TeX Live installation, so maybe this is a red
> >> Alain
> >>> Is it possible to start it from the commandline instead of
> >>> clicking on it (it might leave some messages before
> >>> disapearing)
> > To answer Lars's question, when I start texworks.exe from the command
> > line, it still exits almost immediately, but prints out nothing -- no
> > or error information.
> > I've tried starting both the wrapper and real texworks from the command
> > with the same result of nothing.
> > I am thinking of trying three things. Both involve reinstalling TeX
> > which makes experimentation somewhat difficult, because TeX Live, to
> > say the least, is not a fast installation process.
> > First, uninstall everything to make sure I get a clean install.
> > Then:
> > 1) Try to install TeX Live 2010, because that's what people seem to have
> > working on windows. But I'm not really sure how to do this, because my
> > understanding is that the installer just goes and gets whatever is
> current on
> > the mirror it chooses. So I would think that I would get the latest TeX
> > 2011, and I don't know how to tell the installer to do otherwise.
> > 2) Install TeXworks first from the TeXworks installation package that I
> > downloaded. Then install TeX Live. The motivation is that this is what
> > I think I did originally when TeXworks worked for a while. (But even if
> > this were to work, it still wouldn't explain why TeXworks quit working.)
> > 3) Install MiKTeX. The hope would be that because MiKTeX is not the
> > same package as TeX Live, maybe it would work differently / better (and
> > because, as I understand it, some people do have it working on windows).
> > Any thoughts on which plan I should try first? Which might be easiest,
> > and most likely to succeed?
> > Ideally, I would like to understand the root cause of the problem and fix
> > it, rather than just trying random variations on the reinstallation
> > That TeX Live installation process, is, to say the least, not fast...
> > Again, thank you for all of your help, and for any further thoughts you
> > may have.
> > K. Frank
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