[XeTeX] Broken XeTeX

John Was john.was at ntlworld.com
Tue Jun 11 19:02:06 CEST 2013

I'm afraid I've run into something rather more serious.  I installed the 
2012 DVD and all went OK, but now from the command prompt I get

(null): fatal: Can't determine where the executable xetex is.

If I go manually to the TeXLive directory and click on xetex.exe (which 
certainly is there), for a microsecond I get a DOS prompt box flashing up 
but it immediately disappears.

The PATH environment is OK so I'm rather stumped - I think it's probably a 
Registry corruption, but any other ideas would be welcome!

Best wishes


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Dyballa" <Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE>
To: "XeTeX (Unicode-based TeX) discussion." <xetex at tug.org>
Sent: 11 June 2013 16:02
Subject: Re: [XeTeX] Broken XeTeX

Am 11.06.2013 um 16:26 schrieb John Was:

> I will investigate, but may have to reinstall (or install an updated 
> version, which I guess I ought to as 2009 seems a long way off now).

Instead of trying to install a newer xdvipdfmx (then this binary certainly 
won't work because it would search its resources outside of TL '09), you 
could update to a TL '13 pre-release…

>  TL Manager isn't working either so it looks as if something rather nasty 
> has happened!

Does it see backups of the TL packages? Do you have made backups of your 
system? Why not? A TL '09 manager does not work with any other release than 
TL '09. And this release should still be available in the historic branch of 



Upgraded, adj.:
Didn't work the first time.

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