Unable to install TeXLive

Paulo Ney de Souza pauloney at gmail.com
Fri Aug 21 16:21:20 CEST 2020

This is indeed the wrong fix at the wrong place and two wrongs do not make
a right.  It reminds me of the story of the drunk that lost his keys in the
dark and came looking for them around the lamp-post because there was no
chance of finding it in the dark.

The quotation of PATH under MS Windows is necessary not just for SPACES but
for a number of other situations like for example long-path names, etc ...

Paulo Ney

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 12:01 AM Julius Dittmar <Julius.Dittmar at gmx.de>

> 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.
> HTH,
> 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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