[texworks] Windows: ver 0.6.3 TeXworks paths, and running as Portable

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Tue Jul 2 09:10:31 CEST 2019

I had another go at this and tried the old  texworks-setup.ini - can't find
any contemporary documentation for it though, are there any issues with
still using it?...

(If you have run TeXworks already for the first time you have to remove the
TUG Registry key completely and delete the texworks directory in your
Windows personal folder. All locatable from the menu: Help/Settings and
Resources )

Make a plain text file in the directory where you have unzipped TeXworks
into (before running it for the first time)


And in it place something like...

defaultbinpaths = ../../../LatexUtils/MiTeX 2.8.3541 Portabe/miktex/bin/
inipath = ./config/
libpath = ./config/

All looks good so far - is that approach still stable?


On Tue, 2 Jul 2019 at 12:53, Paul A Norman <paul.a.norman at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> (This may all be Windows specific..)
> I've been successfully running TeXworks as a Portable application out of
> the box.
> Till recently for compatibility and stability in my whole LaTeX set-up,
> I'd frozen my LaTeX utilities at around 2016 and before. This also enabled
> me to run everything as a Portable working copy when necessary.
> So I've just looked at updating from TeXworks var 0.4.5 to 0.6.3 looking
> forward to the improvements and enhancements especially in the pdf viewer.
> I used the downloadable zip, not the installer, intending to continue
> using TeXworks as a Portable version.
> And discovered that Scripts et al.. have been moved in a previous revision
> meanwhile to a "personal" User directory under Windows administration.
> This of course makes a Registry entry, and I found the helpful information
> for that under  Help/Settings and Resources.
> However sometimes if you are moving around you are not allowed to make
> registry entries, and you want your personalised stuff and settings with
> you in a Portable set-up, as it used to be - all under the TeXworks main
> folder.
> As all this happens when TeXworks is first run, I wondered if there was
> already a configuration setting somewhere, or on the command line(?), that
> would disable that, and have things instead in the main TeXworks folder as
> before please?
> I've checked through Preferences but can't see anything for controlling
> all  this there.
> Can TeXworks detect on first run that existing directories and files were
> already copied/moved into place before first run, and if so, not do
> anything with the Windows Registry please - or just make the necessary
> adjustments in place?
> Any help appreciated please.
> paul
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