Using tlmgr.bat under bash on MS-Windows

George N. White III gnwiii at
Wed Nov 24 16:07:36 CET 2021

On Wed, 24 Nov 2021 at 10:25, Philip Taylor (Hellenic Institute) <
P.Taylor at> wrote:

> On 23/11/2021 13:01, Ulrike Fischer wrote:
> Am Mon, 22 Nov 2021 14:30:51 +0000 schrieb Philip Taylor (Hellenic
> Institute):
> It is unclear to me what the underlying reason for this discrepancy is.
> Using (e.g.,) MS Word, I can save an MS Word document as Adobe PDF.  If
> the previously-saved version is open in Adobe Acrobat (or in Adobe
> Acrobat Reader), MS Word forces the PDF to close and then re-opens the
> newly-saved version.  It seems to me that the TeX sub-system ought to be
> able to accomplish the same thing.
> Which application exactly should do it? Do you really expect
> pdflatex to sent dde commands?
> Of course not.  PdfLaTeX's task is to *generate *PDFs, not to display
> them.
> It makes imho more sense to delegate this task to the editor. My
> editor, winedt, executes the needed commands and so close the pdf if
> needed. (I normally use sumatra for viewing which doesn't lock the
> pdf, but if I need the Adobe reader to check some feature sumatra
> can't handle I can use it.)
> I spoke of "the TeX sub-system", by which I included (of course) utilities
> such as WinEDT, TeXworks, etc.

Don't forget arara, ltxmake, etc. In my experience, the problem is the
version specific string that needs to get set when a user installs a new
Adobe PDF viewer.

I think many TeX... users view generated PDF's in a web browser.  Since
many documents will be viewed in browsers by the target audience, that
makes a lot of sense.   For me, on Windows 10 Firefox, I can view a new
version by reloading it.

George N. White III
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