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

Robert Fuster rfuster at mat.upv.es
Tue Feb 28 16:17:15 CET 2006

Missatge citat per gnwiii at gmail.com:

> On 2/27/06, Harriet Borton <bortonh at rpi.edu> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 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?

Open a DOS window, go to the base directory of your Texlive (perhaps
C:\Texlive2005) and enter

attrib -R texmf-var\*.* /S

this change the attributes of all files in the texmf-var branch to writable.



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