[tex-live] User names too longs or with diacritics on Windows

Denis Bitouzé dbitouze at wanadoo.fr
Fri Apr 12 21:33:48 CEST 2013


AFAICS, Windows users whose name contains diacritics (very common
in French) experience cryptic troubles with scripts as makeglossaries
that create temporary files whose path contains a shortened version of
their names, for instance:


for a user named "Cécile" (I guess with Windows XP).

Another trouble, with the same user name: with a default TL

  kpsewhich --var-value=TEXMFHOME

returns (on Windows 7):


Is there a way to prevent this in TL 2013 or at least to warn the users
that they should install TL as a user with a short (at most 8
characters?) and exempt of diacritics name?

Best regards.

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