[XeTeX] Broken XeTeX

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Wed Jun 12 09:21:04 CEST 2013

Am Tue, 11 Jun 2013 18:02:06 +0100 schrieb John Was:

> 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.

That's imho not the normal message in a command prompt if a command
is not found. (I would have expected something like
"xetex is not recognized as an internal or external command").

Are you using the normal standard cmd.exe as prompt? 

What happens if you issue e.g. "set" in this prompt?

> 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.

That's normal. That happens if you doubleclick an application
without gui. 

Ulrike Fischer 

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