[XeTeX] urgent help needed

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Wed Apr 2 09:24:12 CEST 2014

Am Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:25:22 +0200 schrieb Mohammad Gharaibeh:

> Dear all,
> hope this finds everyone well.
> Well, my problem will certainly look a bit stupid but there is a story
> behind it I probably should start with.
> In 2007/8 my colleague and me wanted to edit an Arabic manuscript and we
> decided to do it with XeTeX. Everything works fine so far. But when in 2009
> the funding ended we were force to put the project aside. Now, five years
> later we decide to bring the project to an end and I started to work with
> XeTeX again. Since we already finished the editing process I just needed to
> add some corrections and everything seems fine. But then, I did something
> very stupid. I connected the old laptop at which we had installed Mik Tex
> and Tex Maker with the internet and the program tried to make an update.

Which programm exactly? Miktex, Texmaker, Windows?  (Windows XP?)

> There I recognized five years won't pass without new technological
> developments. Now my system tells me that I should switch to the current
> version of Mik Tex and Tex Maker too, has already been developed further. 

The support of miktex 2.7. has stopped and *if* you tried to use its
update manager or the package manager it would perhaps give such a
message. But it would not have forced you to update and normally it
should still work fine. TeXMaker could also give such a message but
again: you don't have to update if you don't want.  

> I would have continued to use the old version if it had functioned
> normally. But obviously it doesn't work normally anymore.

I don't find this obvious. 

> For this, I downloaded and installed the Mik Tex 2.9 and tried to open the
> old files with it. But this does not work properly either.

This is not a sensible problem description. What doesn't work? Did
you get errors? What exactly did you try?

> I probably need to change just a few settings but after five years of not
> working with XeTeX at all I am simply overstrained with it.
Start with a small document:

Find the texworks editor (it should have been installed with
miktex). Create there a small document

hallo Bonn

Save it to a document folder as test.tex

In the dropdown menu beside the green arrow choose xelatex and then
click on the green arrow. If the compilation succeeds try it with
your larger document.

Ulrike Fischer 

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