[XeTeX] Strange problem with 0.996 and 0.9995 xetex and File Names.

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Sep 5 00:36:09 CEST 2009

On Sep 4, 2009, at 4:48 PM, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> On 4 Sep 2009, at 16:01, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> Howdy,
>> Someone on the TeXShop Forum came up with a rather strange problem  
>> using either xetex 0.996 (or 0.9995 in the TL-2009 pretest)  
>> involving file names with spaces in them. Using a file with name  
>> `Summary II.tex' the following error was generated
>> ! I can't find file `"Summary II.texSELFAUTOPARENT"'.
>> <*> "Summary II.tex"SELFAUTOPARENT
>> on his system, with a similar error (SELFAUTOPARENT is expanded) on  
>> my system. Using `Summary 2.tex' or removing the space,  
>> `SummaryII.tex', works fine while `Summary 22.tex' fails.
> At first glance, this looks more like a texmf.cnf issue of some  
> kind. It's hard to imagine there's been such a glaring problem in  
> the xetex binary ever since 0.996 (that's TL'07, isn't it?), and no  
> previous report of it.
> Does the behavior differ between 10.5 and 10.6, running the same  
> installation on either one?
> JK


That's TL2008. The report uses 10.4 or 10.5 and I'm on 10.6 (with  
TL2008 and 2009 pretest). And it's really weird because the file  
`Summary 2.tex' is fine but the file `Summary 22.tex' fails. ... why  
does this sound familiar? ...

My feeling is that fixing up all of TeX Live so that file names with  
spaces works is sort of like trying to stick fingers in a leaking dam.  
But that's me.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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