[XeTeX] Broken XeTeX

John Was john.was at ntlworld.com
Wed Jun 12 10:45:48 CEST 2013

Hello Ulrike

'Not normal behaviour' is exactly right - yet as far as I could tell 
(without testing every single application on my system) only XeTeX was 
affected.  I did click directly on xetex.exe from within the command prompt 
box and got the same result.

Anyway, it seems clearly to have been a Windows issue rather than a XeTeX 
issue, and as I said in a previous email the main suspect would be the 
Registry.  Everything is working OK now after I restored to the previous 
day's settings, and during that process the evidence for what had happened 
will have disappeared (or at least, I'm not going to try and re-create the 

Best wishes


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ulrike Fischer" <news3 at nililand.de>
To: <xetex at tug.org>
Sent: 12 June 2013 08:21
Subject: Re: [XeTeX] Broken XeTeX

> 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
> http://www.troubleshooting-tex.de/
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