[texworks] texworks crashes

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Sat Dec 31 14:41:15 CET 2011

"But of course you're right, service packs are there for
a reason (e.g., fixing security issues"

Thanks Stefan,

Yes and with Windows unfortunately they even touch on stability issues
too I am afraid.

Vista of that SP age will have missed stability things and security
issues for a great many years. As many of the automatic updates will
not have been applied at all.


On 1 January 2012 00:48, Stefan Löffler <st.loeffler at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Ian,
> I, too, am sorry to hear about your problems.
> Could you please answer the following questions (they will hopefully
> shed some light onto this issue and ensure I understood your problem
> correctly):
> 1) Can you start Tw without opening a .tex file (e.g., from the Start menu)
> 1a) If yes: so the program hangs when you try to open a .tex file (i.e.,
> after you press the "open" button in the open dialog)
> 2) Have you associated .tex files with Tw?
> 2a) If yes: can you start Tw by double-clicking on a .tex file?
> 3) Did you have Python installed on your computer?
> 3a) If yes: do you have a PYTHONHOME environment variable set (not sure
> where to check environment variables in Vista, but if you have set one
> you probably know, and if you don't know where to check you probably
> haven't set such a variable ;))?
> 4) Could you try the latest build from
> http://code.google.com/p/texworks/downloads/list (r952 at the moment)?
> If Tw does start up correctly one way or another, could you please send
> an example .tex file? (you can send it to me personally if you don't
> want it to show up publicly on the mailing list).
> Stefan
> PS @ Paul: The service pack (hopefully) shouldn't cause problems in this
> case. After all, Tw runs on WinXP and others as well, which are probably
> much older than Vista SP1. So I'd try the couple of steps I listed above
> first, as they most likely are much faster to test than installing a
> service pack ;). But of course you're right, service packs are there for
> a reason (e.g., fixing security issues), so one should install them
> eventually.

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