[tex-live] Windows 7 still fails

Benedict Holland benedict.m.holland at gmail.com
Tue Sep 25 18:44:09 CEST 2018

Hello all,

First off, let me state that I have extreme sympathy for people who have to
develop for windows. That said, by default, the windows installer running
on windows 7 breaks with the Perl.exe failing. I had to use the -v gui text
option and install a full install of Perl.

A few things about this process, do not tell anyone to disable firewalls or
anti-virus software. That makes your product look extremely sketchy. I
understand that you can't plan for everything but if someone told you to
just run this strange script as root while disabling the firewall and
anti-virus scanners, you should be very suspicious.

Also, honestly, you should have it working under windows 7 at this point.
Turn the firewalls on. Run the installation scripts. Fix the problems. I
shouldn't have an xz error throwing a perl.exe error. Assume that users are
installing this in a corporate environment as a local user with reasonable
security. We are long past the point of saying that users should disable
computer protections.

Also, make the default install location C:\Users\<local user> if they are
not running it as admin and C:\Program Files (x86)\ if they are. It's the
little things like that which will solve a host of problems. If I tried to
install something as a user on C:\ it would just fail.

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