[tex-live] Passing a valid Windows path and file name to *TeXin TeXlive

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Wed Jun 11 09:57:30 CEST 2014

Am Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:34:29 +0900 schrieb Akira Kakuto:

> Dear Ulrike,
>> Well it is certainly safer to cd on a directory. But 8.3. names
>> doesn't work with files either: While miktex I can compile 
>> pdflatex test-t~1
> In TeX Live 2015, not this year,  all of the following work on windows:
> pdftex test-test
> pdftex test-t~1
> pdftex c:/somedirectory/test-t~1
> pdftex c:/somedi~1/test-t~1
> pdftex c:\somedi~1\test-t~1
> (but \ in path name is not fully tested and
> I recommend not to use \ in TeX for a directory
> separator)

What happens with backslashed if a file doesn't exists? On miktex a
command like

 pdftex c:\somedirectory\unknown 

leds to the "unknown command \somedirectory" error. 

Ulrike Fischer 

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