[tex-live] xindy doesn't work on windows

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Thu Aug 23 21:02:10 CEST 2012

On 2012-08-23 at 05:44:38 +0100, Philip TAYLOR wrote:

 > Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
 >  >   > OK, thanks Reinhard, but still somewhat confused in that this
 >  >   > is (as far as I can tell) the first time that Cygwin has come
 >  >   > into this thread ...  Where/how is Cygwin involved ?
 >  >
 >  > It's one of the platforms supported by TeX Live.
 > Of which there are many.  But each may have a different rule when
 > it comes to specifying how the preferred location for temporary
 > files is to be indicated through the medium of environment
 > variables, 

Well, actually TeX Live currently supports only Unix and Windows.
So it can be assumed that all systems except Windows obey TMPDIR.

 > so whilst it makes perfect sense for the Cygwin port
 > to use Cygwin conventions, surely the Windows port should use
 > Windows conventions, should it not ?

It does.  Non-existent env vars are skipped.  Hence, what xindy does
works very well on all platforms.  I can't imagine any situation where
TMPDIR hurts on Windows.  If it exists, it's been set deliberately and
we can assume that the user wants it to be obeyed.


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