[texworks] Request: providing initial settings from outside

KUROKI Yusuke kuroky at users.sourceforge.jp
Sun Sep 8 01:31:54 CEST 2013

Hello, Stefan,

Thank you for your reply.  I understood your concern
about security.  However, it is true that the current
settings are not convenient for distributors as well.
Could you include some settings of de-facto
standards in Japan as the attached patch?


2013/9/5 Stefan Löffler <st.loeffler at gmail.com>:
> Hi,
> 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
> complicated.
> 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.
> Stefan

黒木 裕介 (KUROKI Yusuke)
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