[texworks] Texworks quit working (on windows)

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 02:20:23 CEST 2011

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this recent (July) release under Windows may be helpful...


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On 5 October 2011 06:05, K. Frank <kfrank29.c at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Stefan!
> Well, the short story is that the older version you linked to (r466)
> seems to work.  (Further comments below.)
> On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:27 AM, Stefan Löffler <st.loeffler at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I agree that the dlls mentioned by DependencyWalker don't seem
> > important. At least they are nothing Tw-specific (nothing we link in).
> >
> > Regarding Python: yeah, the latest version(s) link(s) to Python
> > statically, I think. A lot of versions before used a dll - that's what
> > got me confused. So there should be no problem there, either. But if you
> > want to rule out scripting (in particular lua + python) entirely, you
> > can download the previous stable release, 0.2.3, from
> >
> http://code.google.com/p/texworks/downloads/detail?name=TeXworks-w32-0.2.3r466.zip&can=1&q=
> I downloaded this and unzipped it.
> I set up a null path command prompt and successfully ran TeXworks.exe
> from the directory it was in.  (That directory also contained mingwm10.dll
> and libgcc_s_dw2-1.dll.)  It launched and opened up the TeXworks gui,
> I then ran it from windows explorer (so that my regular path would be
> in effect),
> and opened up a TeX document.  It must have found the TeX Live
> installation,
> because it opened up the preview window, properly typeset, and all.
> (Just to note, the newer version (r932) still doesn't run.)
> > About the startup test. Sorry about the file hosting. My university
> > server was done for some reason yesterday, so I thought that would be
> > the quickest way to get this program to you. As it's about 4MB, I was
> > afraid that it didn't get through via mail. But my university server
> > works again, now, so you can download it from
> > web.student.tuwien.ac.at/~e0325258/projects/c/texworks/startup-test.exe
> I downloaded it and ran it (from a null-path command prompt).  As far as
> I can tell it ran fine.  It printed out 1, 2, ..., 9, and exited.
> > HTH
> Well, yes it does help.  By using the r466 version, I can keep using
> TeXworks for the simple stuff I was doing.  (At least until it mysteriously
> quits working...)
> But as for the mystery problem, I'm still in the dark.
> So...
> I'm content to use r466.  But I am also more than happy to do further
> experiments if it would be helpful to you all.  (I will say that I am
> curious
> as to the cause of the problem, but it's of academic, rather than practical
> interest to me at this point.)
> > Stefan
> Again, thanks to you and everyone else who helped out.  I'm happy
> to offer myself up as a sacrificial lamb to keep trying to diagnose this
> problem, if anyone would find that helpful.
> Best.
> K. Frank
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