[texworks] Texworks quit working (on windows)

K. Frank kfrank29.c at gmail.com
Mon Oct 3 18:41:18 CEST 2011

Hi Paul!

Thanks again for your advice.

On Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 7:24 PM, Paul A Norman <paul.a.norman at gmail.com> wrote:
>> If I launch the non-TeX Live TeXworks.exe, it does not
>> seem show up in windows task manager at all.

I should clarify this a bit.

If I launch the TeX Live wrapper texworks.exe, I usually see an texowrks.exe
listing in task manager, albeit briefly.

If I launch either the TeX Live "real" texworks.exe or the non-TeX Live
TeXworks.exe, I almost always do not see texworks.exe appear in
task manager, although sometimes I do.  I am guessing that they do,
in fact, run briefly, but exit so quickly that task manager does not pick
them up in a typical refresh cycle.

(As I understand it, the TeX Live wrapper texworks.exe does a  little bit
of setup work, and then launches the real texworks.exe.  Presumably
it hangs around a little bit longer, and therefore is usually picked up by
task manager.)

> Unless some one else has some direct thoughts, it looks, with the
> information currently available through your following various steps,
> that we may have exhausted the TeXworks side of things here.

Well, I'm exhausted...

> Put simply, your system, for some reason, does not want to launch an
> application exe, this could turn out to either have nothing to do with
> TeXlive installations, or even TeXworks, or be a mixed situation
> causing the problem.
> If you have already done a Malwarebytes (
> http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free  ) or similar
> scan (additional to your regular virus scanner), then it might end up
> being better to move this to a Windows specialist forum.

I've downloaded Malwarebytes and run it (both quick and full scans).
No issues.

> For to me, form this distance with the information on hand, at the
> moment it is looking like possibly a system problem/corruption, or the
> activity of a worm/virus.

Very odd.  What's especially odd is that, as far as I can tell, the *only*
thing that is having problems is TeXworks.  For example, the various
other applications that TeX Live installs in its start menu folder all seem
to work.  (Not that I really know what they do, but they do seem to launch.)

To follow up on the python angle:  Do the other parts of TeX Live rely on
python?  Or is just TeXworks python dependent?

> Paul

I appreciate your efforts.

K. Frank

> On 3 October 2011 08:03, K. Frank <kfrank29.c at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello Paul!
>> Thank you again.
>> On Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 9:40 PM, Paul A Norman <paul.a.norman at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Ok lets walk this through exhaustively so we can absolutely and
>>> consistently rule out certain matters.
>>> Please try setting your path in the previously described  dos shell to
>>> set path=
>> Okay, did that.
>> ...

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