[texworks] ini path

Alain Delmotte esperanto at swing.be
Mon Mar 23 09:48:28 CET 2009

Hi Jonathan,

OK! It works!

I'll put a note about that in the manual/manuels.


Jonathan Kew a écrit :
> On 22 Mar 2009, at 09:13, Alain Delmotte wrote:
>> Hi!
>> perhaps I did not understand well!! (Most probably)
>> "texworks-setup.ini" points to the TeXworks folder in which, in TUG, 
>> is the "texworks.ini" file, and it should be in that file that we 
>> define "defaultbinpaths".
>> This allows to force using texworks.ini!
>> Am I correct now?
> No, that doesn't sound right. texworks-setup.ini, which is used if 
> (and only if) it is found alongside the executable, supports three keys:
>   inipath
>       path to store the main preferences file, in .ini format;
>       if not specified, prefs are stored in a platform-dependent 
> format and location
>   libpath
>       path to the user-modifiable texworks configuration resources;
>       if not specified, the default location is a "TeXworks" or 
> ".TeXworks" folder
>       in the user's home directory (exact details platform-dependent)
>   defaultbinpaths
>       initial default paths for tool binaries;
>       if not specified, compiled-in defaults will be used;
>       in any case, non-existent paths will be discarded, and paths set 
> in Preferences
>       will override the defaults
> So if you want to force the use of a texworks.ini file for the 
> preferences, you should set "inipath" in texworks-setup.ini. (In this 
> case, you could also provide a preconfigured texworks.ini itself, in 
> the specified location; this could contain bin paths, among other 
> things.)
> I think the important point about "defaultbinpaths", though, is that 
> it can set the default binary paths even if you're not providing a 
> preconfigured texworks.ini (e.g., on a multi-user system, where each 
> user should have separately-stored preferences so you can't set 
> inipath to a single, shared location).
> Of course, most users should never have to worry about this. Either 
> they install TeXworks separately from a TeX distribution, in which 
> case they may have to configure paths as a one-time setup operation if 
> the compiled-in defaults don't work for their system; or they get it 
> as part of a larger distribution, in which case the packager should 
> provide a texworks-setup.ini file with appropriate defaultbinpaths for 
> the distro, so that everything works right away.
> Hope that makes sense....
> JK

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