[tex-live] FW: TeX Live file associations

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at cybercomm.nl
Tue Dec 4 10:12:10 CET 2012

On Mon, Dec 03, 2012 at 09:54:26PM +0100, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> On 2012-12-03 at 09:20:25 +0000, Lars Madsen wrote:
>  > I'm just asking a stupid question here:
>  > 
>  > why is psv even associated to PDF files any way?
>  > 
>  > I can understand that texworks is associated to .tex files, but
>  > providing a PS viewer, to me, seems enough
> Lars, AFAIR TL associates PS and EPS files with psv, but PDF files
> only if no other program is associated with them.  This is correct
> behavior: If no other PDF viewer is installed, psv is needed anyway
> and TeX Live does exactly what people expect.  If you install another
> viewer later, you will be asked whether that one should be used by
> default.
> As Siep already said, what you observered is *not* desired behavior.
> Something is going wrong on your side, but nevertheless, I'm
> absolutely convinced that the concept is correct.  Siep worked very
> hard indeed in order to avoid that TeX Live interferes with the rest
> of the system in any way.

I am currently looking into it. I am hampered by the lack of
reliable reproducibility. So I am also looking into another file
association problem that DOES occur reliably on my w7_64 test-VM,
viz. that the TL.* filetypes aren't cleaned up at uninstall. This
won't harm as long as no file extensions are associated with it, so
by itself this has no high priority.

As a temporary measure, you could replace in tlpsv.win32.tlpsrc the

postaction fileassoc extension=.pdf filetype=TL.PSView.view


postaction progid extension=.pdf filetype=TL.PSView.view

This makes psview only available as alternate viewer.

You can try to hand-edit this change on your donor installation in
tlpkg/tlobj/tlpsv.win32.tlpobj and tlpkg/texlive.tlpdb.

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Siep Kroonenberg

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