[texworks] TeXWorks under MiTeX Portable - two different .exe s?

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 13:38:51 CEST 2009

Dear Alain,
I had a nagging thought in my mind, and just reread your message again.

My apologies I did not answer you fully enough.

"Now how do you manage the path and system variables for the portable
system? When you use a USB, its drive letter change depending on the
computer on which you work!"

I mentioned that we can use a root directory of / in stead of say v:/ but
also ..

The environament variables will be present if you launch TeXWorks from the
Shell Prompt that is provided by MikTeX Portable in the sysytem icon tray
under Windows.

You can test this by running a normal cmd shell an d typing SET, and running
the MiKTeX Portable cmd shell and typing SET. Only the MiKTeX cmd shell
seems to consistently provide the appropriate environment variables.

I hope that fully explains it.


2009/9/29 Alain Delmotte <esperanto at swing.be>

> Hi Paul,
> I think the MikTeX version is the version created by Jonathan, not mine.
> Which version is it? Could you check the version through Help/About?
> Further the dll are not the same depending the compilation system: MinGW -
> MSVC - Jonathan system.
> Now, why they have 2 exe??!! Did they compile it them self?
> Now how do you manage the path and system variables for the portable
> system? When you use a USB, its drive letter change depending on the
> computer on which you work!
> Alain
> NB. I see that you use another message and changed the subject. Some people
> would not like this very much because they use the message ID as refreence
> and changing the subject doesn't change this one. On the MikTeX list you
> would get an angry reply about this. :-))
> Paul A Norman a écrit :
>> Hi everyone!
>> I need to work remotely sometimes and rely on  local machines that may not
>> have a good or any internet connection at all when it is not feasible to
>> take a lap top with me.
>> While the scripting in TeXWorks is experimental and  beta, in order to
>> keep using it under MiKTeX portable, I have used Alain's advice on a
>> configuration ini and relative paths to establish a parallel TeXWorks editor
>> (in addition to the one that is released with Portable).
>> I am doing this as sometimes I need portability and the most obvious way
>> to keep it up to date in readyness for remote useage is to use it all the
>> time, so I have it on my hard drive and just re-clone it to USB or portable
>> drive when I need to work remotely (perhaps with little or no internet
>> available for package updates).
>> I have  made a "cpmplete" install of MikTeX 2.8
>> Is there anything about using TeXWorks like that that I should expect to
>> have to try and troubleshoot in advance please?
>> So far everything is fine - but why I am asking this  is that in the
>> MiKteX /bin I see both a TexWorks.exe and a MiKTeX-TexWorks.exe, the file
>> sizes and dates appear identical.
>> Are these exes the same as the general beta number releases from Alain?
>> (Obviously Without scripting and printing support.)
>> Does that mean that there is something I should watch for in just using
>> the regular "everything" releases that Alain provides while I am working
>> under MiKTeX portable?
>> Paul
>> 2009/9/27 Thomas Floeren <tomfloeren at mac.com <mailto:tomfloeren at mac.com>>
>>    Hi,
>>    I just installed the actual TW-Version on my Mac an I noticed that
>>    there is still this ugly "Übersetzen" in the typeset menu.
>>    This is definitively a heavily faulty translation..
>>    This has been discussed on this list ~2 months ago, with the same
>>    result, btw.
>>    Personally I dont bother much with the translations. But there may
>>    be people who care, e.g. because they are bound to their language
>>    and have no other choice. Not everybody understands English! So,
>>    in my opinion, also the translations should be done in a more or
>>    less appropriate way.
>>    @ the developer: if you continue to have problems with the german
>>    localization, just send me the files; it will be done in 30
>>    minutes (I hope).
>>    Best wishes
>>    Thomas
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