Using tlmgr.bat under bash on MS-Windows

Jim Diamond JimDiamond at
Mon Nov 22 17:23:04 CET 2021

Hi Phil

On Mon, Nov 22, 2021 at 16:09 (+0000), Philip Taylor (Hellenic Institute) wrote:

> I do appreciate, Zdeněk, that how these things work in Linux and in
> Windows are different, but that was not my point.  If MS Word can
> generate and display a new PDF when the previous PDF is already open
> in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Reader, then surely it must be
> possible for a Windows-based TeX tool chain (e.g., TeXworks + XeTeX)
> to do the same.  Would you not agree ?

That depends.  MS could be using some undocumented procedure to
command Acrobat to close the file.

Way Back When there was (apparently) a package called pdfopen or
pdfclose which would help people work around MS's intransigence.
However, I don't see any evidence of it on CTAN (with my one search
attempt) and also there is this
which may or may not be interesting.


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