[tex-live] config files read-only on Windows

Harriet Borton bortonh at rpi.edu
Mon Feb 27 21:14:37 CET 2006

I've installed TL2005 on my own WinXP machine and I'm encouraging faculty, 
staff, and students at RPI to do so.
But I found something that is an inconvenience and causes many 
inexperienced users to get stuck.

The config files for dvips and pdftex under the texmf-var tree are 
read-only, which means users can't edit them to change the paper size for 
letter size. The solution is to change the Windows properties of these 
files before trying to edit them, but this is an annoying extra step. I 
don't know how many of our users just gave up on making the changes and now 
their margins will be wrong when they print.

I don't see how this can be changed at this point, but perhaps in the next 
TL distribution?
Any other reports of this?

Thanks for TeXLive,

Harriet Borton
Applications Consultant
Academic & Research Computing, RPI
bortonh at rpi.edu 

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