Using tlmgr.bat under bash on MS-Windows

Arash Esbati arash at
Mon Nov 22 15:31:56 CET 2021

"George N. White III" <gnwiii at> writes:

> On Mon, 22 Nov 2021 at 08:27, Arash Esbati <arash at> wrote:
>> I'm not sure if it makes sense to add this to TeXlive for Windows.  But
>> maybe it helps others.
> With WSL you can use TeX Live in linux.  I work with multi-author
> projects so have reason to format "problematic" documents on both
> Windows and specific linux distros, so I have noticed that linux-64 TL
> is much faster than win32 TL (despite the generally poor I/O
> performance in WSL).

Thanks for your response.  Yes, trying out WSL is on my list :-)

> The one annoyance is that in native linux you can have a PDF document
> open in a linux viewer and generate a new version. For Windows Adobe
> viewers you have to close the PDF view first.

On Windows, I suggest you give SumatraPDF[1] a try.  It is fast, doesn't
lock the .pdf file (as Adobe Acrobat does) and has support for SyncTeX.

Best, Arash


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