[tex-live] Error on TexLive 2013 installation - Can't spawn "cmd.exe"

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at cybercomm.nl
Fri Oct 11 16:44:09 CEST 2013

On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 03:13:03PM +0200, Helge Knoop wrote:
> Hello,
> I have used Texlive 2013 for the last 3 month and it worked fine.
> Yesterday (10.10.2013) after a Windows Update, nothing worked
> anymore and my TexStudio Editor was not able to find any of the
> binaries anymore. I was not able to find a solution and tried to
> reinstall Texlive 2013. But after I started the
> Install-tl-advanced.bat the following error message occurred! (error
> message below)
> I emailed laze.collin at tukaani.org as is is suggested by the error
> and he said, that I have to contact the Texlive developers. (his
> mail also below)
> I found the hint, that there is "no nl in perl" under TLUtils.pm
> line 2375 and installed activeperl 5.16.3 build 1603 (64Bit) and
> added package NL and TK but still doesn't work.
> My system is: Windows 7 sp1 64Bit with intel core i7-3740QM @2,7GHz
> 16GB RAM
> Can you please help me find a way to use Texlive 2013 again! I am
> just about to finish my bachelor thesis and really depending on
> finding a solution for this problem! thank you very much.
> regards from Hannover, Germany
> H. Knoop
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> PATH=D:\Users\Helge\Desktop\install-tl\install-tl-20131011\tlpkg\tlperl\bin;C:\s
> trawberry\c\bin;C:\strawberry\perl\site\bin;C:\strawberry\perl\bin

Your path looks messed up.

What is your path in a regular command prompt?

Also look in Control panel > user accounts > change my environment
variables. What are the system- and user settings for path there (if

If your system path is messed up, then you can reboot and try
whether the system path is covered by windows' autorepair function.

Siep Kroonenberg

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