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

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Fri Jul 12 02:50:21 CEST 2019

I was wondering if the manual entry:
5.7 Changing the configuration
might do well to have specific reference to *Portable Usage*, perhaps after
something like this?...
5.7 Portable Usage and Changing the Configuration

And also what the status on this mention - under that section was please?

One can also add a line like
defaultbinpaths=C:/Program Files/MiKTeX 2.7/miktex/bin

to specify where the programmes of the TEX distribution are located; but *this
instruction is not yet completely operational*, *especially under Windows*.



On Tue, 2 Jul 2019 at 19:12, Paul A Norman <paul.a.norman at gmail.com> wrote:

> P.S. its probably best (mandatory?) to make the ./config  folder/diretory
> first.
> On Tue, 2 Jul 2019 at 19:10, Paul A Norman <paul.a.norman at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> 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)
>> texworks-setup.ini
>> 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?
>> TIA,
>> Paul
>> 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.
>>> TIA
>>> paul
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