[texworks] Request: providing initial settings from outside

Stefan Löffler st.loeffler at gmail.com
Thu Sep 5 13:05:57 CEST 2013


On 2013-08-13 15:50, KUROKI Yusuke wrote:
> I wonder how we give users an initial settings of TeXworks.
> Current settings of TeXworks providing from its binary program
> is not enough for most of Japanese users.  It is because
> pTeX is still widely used to typeset Japanese text well.
> The settings should have entries of pdfplatex, mendex and pbibtex,
> which could be just a noise for non-Japanese users.
> I know the program copies its default settings from its
> binary to TEXMFHOME/texmf-config/texworks/configuration/tools.ini,
> then an user can edit the file to be customized for him/herself.
> However, from an distributer's viewpoint, this situation
> is too difficult to make a good initial settings for multi-users.
> Could you separate the initial settings from the binary
> to text file (e.g., tools.ini in the same directory of texworks.exe)
> and use the text file, as initial system-wide settings,
> to be copied in the personal directory?

Thank you very much for your input. Indeed, a more versatile settings
management this has been on our wishlist for some time. Unfortunately,
things are rather complex, because in addition to your suggestion (i.e.,
enabling system administrators to provide their own defaults) we also
have to consider the opposite case (i.e., enabling system administrators
to prevent some settings from being overridden, e.g., security relevant
features such as file access for scripts). All this makes the situation

That said, if you provide the tools.ini file you mentioned with your own
settings, Tw should use it instead of its built-in defaults.


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