Unable to install TeXLive

Julius Dittmar Julius.Dittmar at gmx.de
Fri Aug 21 09:00:03 CEST 2020

Hi Matthew,

the best fix would be to rename your account name.

This may sound like a fix in the wrong place to you, but there's good 
reason: The texlive installer will not be the only program choking on 
the space in your account name.

Spaces have special meaning in commands: They separate command 
arguments. Thus any path containing your account name (which is any path 
to any of your files) will be read as at least three different arguments 
instead of one argument combined. Any work-around making that 
space-containing path work will only be a local work-around. There will 
always be places where such work-arounds have been forgotten.

In the long run, you save yourself from a lot of trouble if you change 
your login name to something without spaces (perhaps use underscores 
instead or just omit the space) and if you refrain from using spaces in 
file or directory names.


Julius Dittmar

Am 21.08.20 um 02:04 schrieb Matthew Elmer:
> Howdy,
> I am unable to install TeXLive. The error is
> '""C:\Users\Frijoles' is not recognized as an internal or external 
> command,
> operable program or batch file.
> My username is "Frijoles Con Arroz", but it looks like the batch file 
> fails to account for users with spaces in their names and I don't know 
> how to fix it. It's probably a simple fix though to someone who knows 
> what they're doing. If nothing else, can you tell me which lines of 
> install-tl-windows.bat I could just hard-code the proper path into? 
> Thanks so much!
> -- 
> *Matthew Elmer '22*
> *AERO */(CSCE minor)/
> *VP Internal, TAMU AIAA*
> *Texas A&M University*
> *
> *

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